University of Delaware

Scientific Research Thrusts and Enabling Technologies

Biomass Upgrade

Upgrade of furans via hydrodeoxygenation technology.

Bio-oil and oxygenated intermediates derived from sugars are oxygen rich. In order to be transformed to fuels and chemicals, selective oxygen removal is required. CCEI develops the hydrodeoxygenation science to improve product yields, introduce new chemicals, and reduce catalyst cost with optimal hydrogen management. We have developed the first high-yield catalytic transfer hydrogenation technology to reduce furans without external H2, a high-yield diesel-grade fuels technology from HMF using a single inexpensive catalyst without external H2, inexpensive and selective catalysts for production of propylene from C3 bio-oil oxygenates, and catalytic reforming technologies.