Catalysing sustainable fuel and chemical synthesis

Adam F. Lee

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Concerns over the economics of proven fossil fuel reserves, in concert with government and public acceptance of the anthropogenic origin of rising CO2 emissions and associated climate change from such combustible carbon, are driving academic and commercial research into new sustainable routes to fuel and chemicals. The quest for such sustainable resources to meet the demands of a rapidly rising global population represents one of this century’s grand challenges. Here, we discuss catalytic solutions to the clean synthesis of biodiesel, the most readily implemented and low cost, alternative source of transportation fuels, and oxygenated organic molecules for the manufacture of fine and speciality chemicals to meet future societal demands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-31
Number of pages21
JournalApplied Petrochemical Research
Issue number1
Early online date9 Apr 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014

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Funding: EPSRC (EP/G007594/3)


  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • biofuels
  • biodiesel
  • selective oxidation
  • alcohols


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