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George W. Huber, Randy D. Cortright and James A. Dumesic Renewable Alkanes by Aqueous-Phase Reforming of Biomass-Derived Oxygenates Angewandte Chemie International Edition 43

Article first published online: 9 MAR 2004 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.200353050

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A clean stream of alkanes from renewable biomass resources is obtained through aqueous-phase reforming in a single reactor. Alkanes are produced from biomass-derived sorbitol through a bifunctional pathway (see scheme) that involves the dehydration of sorbitol on acid sites (SiO2/Al2O3) and hydrogenation of intermediates on a metal catalyst under a H2 atmosphere. Hydrogen is produced from sorbitol and water on the metal catalyst in the same reactor.

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