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Production of High-Quality Diesel from Biomass Waste Products

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  • Prof. Dr. Avelino Corma,

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    1. Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia—, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Avenida de los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain), Fax: (+34) 96-387-7809 http://itq.webs.upv.es/
    • Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia—, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Avenida de los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain), Fax: (+34) 96-387-7809 http://itq.webs.upv.es/
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  • Olalla de la Torre,

    1. Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia—, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Avenida de los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain), Fax: (+34) 96-387-7809 http://itq.webs.upv.es/
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  • Dr. Michael Renz,

    1. Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia—, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Avenida de los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain), Fax: (+34) 96-387-7809 http://itq.webs.upv.es/
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  • Dr. Nicolas Villandier

    1. Instituto de Tecnología Química (UPV-CSIC), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia—, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Avenida de los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia (Spain), Fax: (+34) 96-387-7809 http://itq.webs.upv.es/
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  • This work was supported by Consilider Ingenio 2009 CDS 00050. O.d.l.T. is grateful to the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation for a doctoral grant (FPU). We also thank E. Ponce and Dr. D. Penno for discussions and technical assistance.

Abstract

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High-quality liquid fuels are obtained from non-edible carbohydrates by energy-efficient processes. 2-Methylfuran, produced by hydrogenation of furfural, is converted into 6-alkyl undecanes in a catalytic solvent-free process (see scheme with 6-butylundecane). A diesel fuel is produced with an excellent motor cetane number (71) and pour point (−90 °C) and with global process conversions and selectivities close to 90 %.

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