Hydrocarbon Fuels, Chemicals and Intermediates from a Novel Biomass Pyrolysis Technology (Phase I)
2015 USDA-NIFA Center Award
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)
Start Date: 09/01/2015
End Date: 08/31/2016
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.