Researchers Produce Fuel Components From Algae

Scientists from Tohoku University and the University of Tsukuba combined squalane and hydrogen using a ruthenium catalyst.

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Distribution of products in carbon number from squalane hydrogenolysis over ruthenium supported on cerium oxide catalyst. (B): Positions of C-C dissociation in squalane hydrogenolysis The C14-16 component is suitable for jet fuel. C5-C10 is the gasoline-range. The distribution can be changed by the reaction time.Japanese researchers this week announced the development of a new method to potentially obtain fuels from algae.

Scientists from Tohoku University and the University of Tsukuba combined squalane and hydrogen using a ruthenium catalyst.

The reaction produces smaller hydrocarbons with high stability and low freezing points — making them good components for gasoline and jet fuel.

Squalane is easily obtained from squalene, which is produced by microalgae. The resulting material also does not contain toxic byproducts, according to the researchers.

The study, conducted as part of an initiative to use oil-producing algae in wastewater treatment, was published in the journal ChemSusChem.

 

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