- Jie Fu, Zhejiang University, China
We carried out research in three areas on the catalysis and reaction behaviors for the conversion of low-grade biomass lipids to long-chain alkanes:
(1) A new route for preparation of long-chain alkanes from low-grade lipids with low hydrogen consumption was proposed, the catalysts with high activity for decarboxylation were designed and synthesized, and the inefficiency issue for decarboxylation of saturated fatty acids was solved.
(2) The reaction pathway and mechanism of in situ hydrogenation and decarboxylation of unsaturated fatty acids were demonstrated, the pathway of hydrogen transfer for alcohol under the hydrothermal condition was studied, and unsaturated fatty acids were converted to long-chain alkanes using methanol as the hydrogen donor via the study of chemical reaction mechanism.
(3) A new approach of preparation of bio-fuels from lipids by decarboxylation without H2 and solvent consumption was established by designing a catalyst to combine cracking, decarboxylation, dry reforming, and hydrogenation.