Degree: Masters Student
Department: Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Upgrading Oxygenates for Liquid Biofuel Production I am interested in sustainable energy technologies because it is a critical issue that will determine the sustainable development of human society. I started my research in Prof. Chin’s group studying the catalysis for biofuel synthesis. Producing biofuel from lignocelluloses, an abundant and cheap biomass source, is considered to be one of the most promising solution to our energy crises. A barrier that is currently faced in this field is converting the bio-oil produced from pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass to biofuel. My research studies catalysts to convert the oxygenates in bio-oil to fuel-grade hydrocarbons through carbon bond formation and oxygen removal. In particular, I am studying the kinetics of C-C coupling and deoxygenation reactions of oxygenates on zeolites, which are solid acid catalysts. By exploring the mechanism of these catalytic reactions, I hope to provide guidelines to design catalysts for efficient biofuel production.