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Highly Efficient Conversion of Terpenoid Biomass to Jet-fuel Range Cycloalkanes in a Biphasic Tandem Catalytic Process

Abstract

The demand for bio-jet fuels to reduce carbon emissions is increasing substantially in the aviation sector, while the scarcity of high-density jet fuel components limits the use of bio-jet fuels in high-performance aircrafts compared with conventional jet fuels. Herein, we report a novel biphasic tandem catalytic process (biTCP) for synthesizing cycloalkanes from renewable terpenoid biomass, such as 1,8-cineole. Multistep tandem reactions, including C-O ring opening by hydrolysis, dehydration, and hydrogenation, were carried out in the “one-pot” biTCP. 1,8-cineole was efficiently converted to p menthane at high yields (>99%) in the biTCP under mild reaction conditions. The catalytic reaction mechanism is discussed.

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The article was received on 08 Mar 2017, accepted on 12 Jun 2017 and first published on 12 Jun 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00710H
Citation: Green Chem., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Highly Efficient Conversion of Terpenoid Biomass to Jet-fuel Range Cycloalkanes in a Biphasic Tandem Catalytic Process

    X. Yang, T. Li, K. Tang, X. Zhou, M. Lu, W. L. Ounkham , S. M. Spain, B. J. Frost and H. Lin, Green Chem., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00710H

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