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.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Applied Petrochemical Research|
|Early online date||9 Apr 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2014|
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Funding: EPSRC (EP/G007594/3)
- heterogeneous catalysis
- selective oxidation