Catalytic Production of Branched Small Alkanes from Biohydrocarbons

Shin Ichi Oya, Daisuke Kanno, Hideo Watanabe, Masazumi Tamura, Yoshinao Nakagawa, Keiichi Tomishige

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Squalane, C30 algae-derived branched hydrocarbon, was successfully converted to smaller hydrocarbons without skeletal isomerization and aromatization over ruthenium on ceria (Ru/CeO2). The internal CH2-CH2 bonds located between branches are preferably dissociated to give branched alkanes with very simple distribution as compared with conventional methods using metal-acid bifunctional catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2472-2475
Number of pages4
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 10


  • biomass
  • hydrogenolysis
  • metal oxides
  • microalgae
  • ruthenium


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