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Composition and methods for improved fuel production

United States Patent

December 29, 2015
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Certain embodiments of the present invention are configured to produce boiler and transportation fuels. A first phase of the method may include oxidation and/or hyper-acidification of bio-oil to produce an intermediate product. A second phase of the method may include catalytic deoxygenation, esterification, or olefination/esterification of the intermediate product under pressurized syngas. The composition of the resulting product--e.g., a boiler fuel--produced by these methods may be used directly or further upgraded to a transportation fuel. Certain embodiments of the present invention also include catalytic compositions configured for use in the method embodiments.
Steele; Philip H. (Starkville, MS), Tanneru; Sathishkumar (Starkville, MS), Gajjela; Sanjeev K. (Andhra Pradesh, IN)
Mississippi State University (Mississippi State, MS)
13/ 875,159
May 1, 2013
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH STATEMENT This invention was made with Government support under DE-FG36-06GO86025 awarded by the United States Department of Energy and 0221966 awarded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA. The U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.