Kumar, Ajay

2015 USDA-NIFA

Project Title: Hydrocarbon Fuels, Chemicals and Intermediates from a Novel Biomass Pyrolysis Technology (Phase I)

Principal Investigators and affiliations:
PI:  Dr. Ajay Kumar (Biosystems and Agricultural Engineeering, Oklahoma State University)
Co-PI:  Dr. Allen Apblett (Chemistry, Oklahoma State University)
Co-PI:  Dr. Francis Epplin (Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University)
 
Funded: $70,753
Start Date: 09/01/2015     End Date: 08/31/2016

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

The overall goal of this project is to demonstrate proof-of-concept of a novel natural Gas and Biomass To Liquids (GBTL) technology that will synergistically use biomass (e.g. switchgrass and eastern red cedar) and methane to produce liquid hydrocarbons.

  • Research is underway to target production of especially aromatic hydrocarbons, such as benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene that are compatible with existing petroleum infrastructure.
  • Outcome will forge foundation of the rest of the project by developing a fundamental understanding of various catalytic reactions that occur when biomass and methane react.
  • Results will also allow: 1) to identify the catalysts and reaction pathways that effectively result in high yield and selectivity of hydrocarbons, and 2) to show whether biomass composition and pretreatments have significant effects.
  • This project will directly contribute to the creation of compatible hydrocarbons from biomass in the production of renewable fuels and chemicals while supplementing the demands for petroleum fuels and chemicals.

Project Synopsis