Hot Article: Lignin-derived bio-oils

Bruce Gates and colleagues from the University of California look at the conversion of lignin-derived bio-oils by a platinum-aluminium oxide catalyst in this Catalysis Science & Technology Hot article.

This work focuses on the kinetics of the reaction, looking at what products are made and why, which will allow a better understanding of the bifunctional catalyst used. Lignocellulosic biomass is used to create biofuels, but the fundamental chemistry of bio-oil conversion like this is poorly understood, something which the team aim to correct.

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Catalytic conversion of compounds representative of lignin-derived bio-oils: a reaction network for guaiacol, anisole, 4-methylanisole, and cyclohexanone conversion catalysed by Pt/γ-Al2O3
Ron C. Runnebaum, Tarit Nimmanwudipong, David E. Block and Bruce C. Gates
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00169H

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