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Issue 15, 2017
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Highly efficient conversion of terpenoid biomass to jet-fuel range cycloalkanes in a biphasic tandem catalytic process

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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.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient conversion of terpenoid biomass to jet-fuel range cycloalkanes in a biphasic tandem catalytic process

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Submitted
08 Mar 2017
Accepted
12 Jun 2017
First published
12 Jun 2017

Green Chem., 2017,19, 3566-3573
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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, 19, 3566
DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00710H

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