Catalyst Technology for One-Step Upgrading of Biomass-Derived Chemicals


Reference #: 01019

The University of South Carolina is offering licensing opportunities for novel catalyst technology for biofuel production.

Invention Description:

The subject invention is a catalyst technology that combines the traditional method of removing oxygen from carbohydrates required for liquid fuels and the traditional method for forming long-chain molecules present in gasoline and diesel fuels into a single process that does not require liquid phase operations.

Potential Applications:

Biofuel production (e.g. liquid carbon production)

Advantages and Benefits:

1. Scalable, single step approach

2. Requires less capital and is energy efficient

3. Environmentally friendly since it does not require liquid acids


Acid catalysis and hydrodeoxygenation are two major steps in upgrading biomass and biomass-derived chemicals to liquid hydrocarbon transportation fuels. These operations need to be performed with maximum carbon and energy efficiency to be economically and environmentally viable.

Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
One-Step Production of Long-Chain Hydrocarbons from Waste-Biomass-Derived Chemicals Utility United States 14/580,450 9,890,342 12/23/2014 2/13/2018   Issued
For Information, Contact:
Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
Jochen Lauterbach
Jason Hattrick-Simpers
Cun Wen
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