Selective Hydro-deoxygenation of Organic Compounds

The Problem:
While demand for renewable energy sources has grown, the adoption rate of these energy sources is low because many are more difficult to harvest/convert to useful energy than fossil fuel sources. Biofuel is an effective and environmentally friendly source of energy. Currently, biofuel is created from the by-products of other processes, such as agriculture harvesting. The current problem with biofuel creation revolves around its high oxygen content, creating thermal instability, affinity for water, corrosivity, high viscosity, and low heating values.

The Solution:
Researchers at the University of Alabama have developed a method for removing oxygen from organic compounds to better create biofuel from biomass. This invention uses a Ruthenium (RU) based catalyst to catalyze the deoxygenation of organic compounds to create biofuel from biomass, improving the efficiency and utility of bio-oil. This efficient method for yielding higher quality biofuels increase the usefulness and value of bio-oils.


  • Compared with current stoichiometric methods, catalytic methods, and liquefaction:
  • The catalyst produced is highly active and is able to maintain stability for a longer period.
  • Utilizes a lower catalyst loading.
  • Improves the efficiency of bio-oil.
  • Short reaction duration.
  • Could potentially create a carbon neutral fuel source.

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