Fuels from biomass via supercritical fluid processes

Phillip E. Savage, Fernando Resende, Tanawan Pinnarat

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We examined the gasification of biomass in supercritical water and the esterification of oleic acid in supercritical ethanol. Cellulose and lignin were converted to gases rich in H2 and CH4. Both the gas yield and its composition were sensitive to changes in the gasification temperature, the biomass loading, and the water density. Additionally, metal catalysts can be used to obtain further control of the rate and selectivity of the gasification reaction. Esterification of free fatty acids by alcohols is one step in an envisioned catalyst-free process for biodiesel production from triglycerides. The esterification proceeded smoothly in supercritical ethanol, and we examined the effects of the process variables on the kinetics and ester yields. The processes noted above are but two that illustrate the usefulness of supercritical fluids for biomass processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Chemical Society - 235th National Meeting, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event235th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2008 - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Apr 6 2008Apr 10 2008

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Other235th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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