Deoxygenation of biomass derived oxygenates to hydrocarbons via direct methane intervention
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The application describes a process where methane or any short chained hydrocarbon could be catalytically coupled with an oxygenate (preferably derived from thermal processing of biomass) to dehydrate and produce a deoxygenated hydrocarbon. The presence of oxygen in biomass derivatives adversely affects its ability to be further processed into hydrocarbon fuels because the resulting water poisons many catalysts (including alumina containing catalysts, zeolites, etc.) found in petrochemical refineries. While commonly used hydrodeoxygenation methods require expensive hydrogen to instigate deoxygenation, the present process uses short chained hydrocarbons (such as methane or natural gas) to instigate hydrodeoxygenation.
Fernando, Sandun; Gunawardena, Duminda Anuradh (2017). Deoxygenation of biomass derived oxygenates to hydrocarbons via direct methane intervention. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from