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Direct, High-Yield Conversion of Cellulose into Biofuel


  • This work was supported by a grant from Chevron Technology Ventures. We also thank Prof. Brian Higgins for helpful discussions.


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Fueling up with furans: Cellulose can be converted into furanic biofuels in unprecedented yields using an inexpensive, simple process involving concurrent hydrolysis, dehydration, and chlorine substitution reactions coupled with continuous extraction into an organic phase (see scheme). Furanic ethers, such as those that can be derived from the products above, are known diesel additives.

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