Towards Quantitative Conversion of Microalgae Oil to Diesel-Range Alkanes with Bifunctional Catalysts


  • This work was supported by the EADS Deutschland GmbH.


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Diesel oil from microalgae oil: An approach for selective conversion of crude microalgae oil to diesel-range alkanes is reported using Ni nanoclusters supported on zeolite catalysts (see picture). The cascade of catalyzed reactions for microalgae oil conversion is based on a metal-catalytic function for the integrated hydrogenolysis, hydrogenation, and decarbonylation as well as an acid-catalytic function for dehydration and isomerization.