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Furfural to petroleum refinery diesel and jet fuels

07 January 2013
Production of renewable petroleum products from furfural Production of renewable petroleum products from furfural (Olcay et al.)
Researchers have demonstrated how to convert furfural into a high-quality petroleum refinery feedstock.

The principles for converting the furfural are shown in the above block flow diagram, using a four-step catalytic process:

  1. furfural (FAF) to furfural–acetone (2:1) dimer (i.e. the aldol condensation product of furfural and acetone),
  2. Oli – oligomeric adducts formed by Michael addition reactions,
  3. H-FAF – hydrogenated furfural–acetone (2:1) dimer,
  4. Cyc – cyclic compounds formed by hydrogenation and Diels–Alder reactions.

Click here to access the full article from the team, which is led by James Dumesic and George Huber (University of Wisconsin-Madison): "Production of renewable petroleum refinery diesel and jet fuels feedstocks from hemicellulose sugar streams".

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