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Catalytic Upgrading of Acetone, Butanol and Ethanol (ABE): A Step Ahead for the Production of Added Value Chemicals in Bio-refineries

Ketabchi, Elham, Pastor Perez, Laura, Ramirez Reina, Tomas and Arellano-Garcia, Harvey (2020) Catalytic Upgrading of Acetone, Butanol and Ethanol (ABE): A Step Ahead for the Production of Added Value Chemicals in Bio-refineries Renewable Energy, 156. pp. 1065-1075.

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With the aim of moving towards sustainability and renewable energy sources, we have studied the production of long chain hydrocarbons from a renewable source of biomass to reduce negative impacts of greenhouse gas emissions while providing a suitable alternative for fossil fuel-based processes. Herein we report a catalytic strategy for Acetone, Butanol and Ethanol (ABE) upgrading using economically viable catalysts with potential impact in modern bio-refineries. Our catalysts based on transition metals such as Ni, Fe and Cu supported on MgO-Al2O3 have been proven to perform exceptionally with outstanding conversions towards the production of a broad range of added value chemicals from C2 to C15. Although all catalysts displayed meritorious performance, the Fe catalyst has shown the best results in terms conversion (89%). Interestingly, the Cu catalyst displays the highest selectivity towards long chain hydrocarbons (14%). Very importantly, our approach suppresses the utilization of solvents and additives resulting directly in upgraded hydrocarbons that are of use in the chemical and/ or the transportation industry. Overall, this seminal work opens the possibility to consider ABE upgrading as a viable route in bio-refineries to produce renewably sourced added value products in an economically favorable way. In addition, the described process can be envisaged as a cross-link stream among bio and traditional refineries aiming to reduce fossil fuel sources involved and incorporate “greener” solutions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Chemical and Process Engineering
Authors :
Pastor Perez, Laura
Ramirez Reina,
Arellano-Garcia, Harvey
Date : 4 May 2020
Funders : Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, FEPS, University of Surrey, EPSRC, Royal Society
DOI : 10.1016/j.renene.2020.04.152
Grant Title : EPSRC Grant
Copyright Disclaimer : ©2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : ABE Upgrading, Renewable energy, Biomass, Bio-refinery, Heterogeneous catalysis, Sustainable Chemistry
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 28 May 2020 13:44
Last Modified : 28 May 2020 13:44

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