Biomass feedstock, fermentation, hydrothermal decarboxylation, hydrocarbon synthesis, alkene, alkane, propylene, propane, fuels
Hydrocarbons as fuels or feedstocks for the chemical and polymer industries
Efficiency and specificity of generating light hydrocarbons from renewable sources
This invention relates to furnishing an efficient, specific process for the conversion from sugars to hydrocarbons such as propylene or propane. Specifically, it is the conduction of a two-stage process in which carbohydrates, for example glucose or xylose, are fermented to carboxylic acids or related intermediates. The second step of the invention is the hydrothermal decarboxylation and/or dehydration of these compounds to yield light alkenes and alkanes. The feedstock can include a wide variety of fermentable sugars, including those derived from starch and from cellulose.
US Published Patent Application Serial No. 12/527714; filed March 1, 2010
PCT Published Patent Application Serial No. US08/002412; filed February 22, 2008
Last revised: January 19, 2012
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