Millisecond catalytic conversion of nonvolatile carbohydrates for sustainable fuels

Paul J Dauenhauer, Bradon J. Dreyer, Josh L. Colby, Lanny D. Schmidt

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Carbohydrates such as glycerol and D-Glucose can be directly converted to synthesis gas products near equilibrium on RhCe/Al2O3 catalysts at residence times less than 70 milliseconds. With the addition of the steam, ∼80% of the hydrogen in glycerol can be converted directly to H2. Selectivity to H2 and CO from D-glucose was observed ∼50% near equilibrium maintaining 2/3 of the carbohydrate fuel value. Autothermal conversion is likely to occur by coupling the endothermic decomposition process with highly exothermic catalytic partial oxidation. By directly contacting carbohydrate particles with a hot catalytic surface capable of providing high heating rates, the solid particle forms volatile organics which flow into a porous catalyst and reform with oxygen from air to form synthesis gas. Deactivation over 20 hrs of operation was not detected, possibly because the formation of char is limited by high particle heating rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication234th ACS National Meeting, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
StatePublished - Dec 31 2007
Event234th ACS National Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Aug 19 2007Aug 23 2007

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Other234th ACS National Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA


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