MS (Master of Science)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Dane W. Scott
Marina V. Roginskaya, Gregory Bishop
Increasing global energy demand and environmental concerns have fueled the exploration of sustainable and efficient methods for renewable fuel production. The conversion of cellulosic waste to hydrocarbon fuels using hydrogenated metal oxides presents a novel and eco-friendly approach to sustainably address energy demand. In this study, hydrogenated metal oxides were used as catalysts in a relatively low-temperature and atmospheric-pressure environment to facilitate the conversion of cellulosic waste into hydrocarbon fuels. Hydrogenated metal oxides have been introduced as potential hydrogen transfer catalysts. The expected result is the selective conversion of cellulose to hexane at relatively low temperatures, which significantly reduces energy consumption compared to traditional high temperature conversion techniques. The use of XPell R resulted in 2,000 ppm hexane in dodecane. Although the use of hydrogenated metal oxides for cellulosic waste conversion is promising, ongoing research and optimization efforts are crucial to enhance the catalyst efficiency and increase the yield.
Thesis - embargo
Osman, Mubarak, "Conversion of Microcrystalline Cellulose to Hexane Using Hydrogenated Metal Oxides at Low Temperature and Pressure" (2024). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 4338. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/4338
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