University of Connecticut University of UC Title Fallback Connecticut

Biomass conversion to Fuels and Chemicals

This research aims on the production of fuels and chemicals from biomass resources. We focus on the design of new, hierarchical pore structure zeolites with: a) ordered-mesoporous structure for easy accessibility of heavy molecules present in biomass resources to the zeolite active sites; and b) encapsulated metals for the enhancement of desirable reactions, such as cracking to light aromatics or deoxygenation reactions. The investigation of the potential of using hierarchical zeolites for the catalytic conversion of waste biomass can lead to the development of an attractive approach towards the production of high value products, such as benzene, toluene, xylenes (BTX). Lately we study catalytic hydropyrolysis and hydrodeoxygenation reactions for the production of ready to use aviation fuels.

David with Biofuels

Catalytic Fast Hydropyrolysis