Wednesday, November 10, 2010: 4:35 PM
Cottonwood (Marriott Downtown)
In recently years, many researchers are concentrating on developing biofuels from alternative and renewable sources to replace commercial petroleum products in the future. One of the most frequently cited benefits of biomass derived fuels is their ability to help to offset the point where there's less crude oil in the ground than we've extracted -- i.e., so-called "peak oil". However, there are no known technically and economically feasible processes to produce a stand-alone jet fuel from plant oils and animal fats within the scope of catalyst development, especially non-sulfided catalysts. In our research, ruthenium supported on HY zeolite was prepared by impregnation method and tested for the activity in a high-pressure BTRS micro-reactor system using soybean oil as the feedstock.