Catalytic upgrading of bio-oils by esterification


Biomass is the term given to naturally-produced organic matter resulting from photosynthesis, and represents the most abundant organic polymers on Earth. Consequently, there has been great interest in the potential exploitation of lignocellulosic biomass as a renewable feedstock for energy, materials and chemicals production. The energy sector has largely focused on the direct thermochemical processing of lignocellulose via pyrolysis/gasification for heat generation, and the co-production of bio-oils and bio-gas which may be upgraded to produce drop-in transportation fuels. This mini-review describes recent advances in the design and application of solid acid catalysts for the energy efficient upgrading of pyrolysis biofuels.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ciddor, L., Bennett, J. A., Hunns, J. A., Wilson, K., & Lee, A. F. (2015). Catalytic upgrading of bio-oils by esterification. Journal of chemical technology and biotechnology, 90(5), 780-795, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving. Funding: EPSRC (EP/G007594/4, EP/K036548/1 and a Leadership Fellowship; Royal Society (Industry Fellowship; and European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 604307
Uncontrolled Keywords: biofuel,catalysis,catalytic processes,green chemistry,pyrolysis,zeolites,General Chemical Engineering,Biotechnology,Fuel Technology,Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment,Pollution,Waste Management and Disposal,Inorganic Chemistry,Organic Chemistry
Publication ISSN: 1097-4660
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 07:04
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 13:10
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015-05
Published Online Date: 2015-02-27
Authors: Ciddor, Lachlan
Bennett, James A.
Hunns, James A.
Wilson, Karen (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4873-708X)
Lee, Adam F. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2153-1391)



Version: Accepted Version

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