EBI Personnel Directory Flaherty, David

Biofuels Production

David Flaherty





Heterogeneous Catalysis to Create C-C Bonds in Mixtures of C2-C4 Oxygenates

We propose to study a series of catalytic chemistries that can transform ethanol into higher carbon number aromatics with high overall carbon selectivity. The utility of bioethanol and ABE as fuels are increased by catalytic upgrading into hydrocarbon and oxygenate liquids with greater energy densities. Alternately, bioethanol could be used to produce valuable platform chemicals. The need is for catalytic pathways that efficiently upgrade the short-chain oxygenates into replacements for chemicals and fuels derived from fossil sources. This will diversify the capabilities of the EBI.