Reactive extraction of levulinate esters and conversion to γ-Valerolactone for production of liquid fuels

Elif I. Gürbüz, David Martin Alonso, Jesse Q. Bond, James A. Dumesic

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Abstract

Reactive extraction of cellulose-derived levulinic and formic acids with butene is utilized to obtain levulinate and formate esters, thereby allowing for recovery and recycle of H2SO4. The esters are converted over a dual-catalyst-bed system to GVL and 2-butanol, followed by production of butene to be recycled for reactive extraction and to be converted to liquid fuels by oligomerization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-361
Number of pages5
JournalChemSusChem
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 21 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biofuels
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Reactive extraction
  • Sustainable chemistry
  • Valerolactone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Energy(all)

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