Ames Lab creates multifunctional nanoparticles for cheaper, cleaner biofuel

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has created a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs.

Ames Laboratory scientists have developed a nanoparticle that is able to perform two processing functions at once for the production of green diesel, an alternative fuel created from the hydrogenation of oils from renewable feedstocks like algae.

The method is a departure from the established process of producing biodiesel, which is accomplished by reacting fats and oils with alcohols…

The paper has been published in Catalysis: Supported iron nanoparticles for the hydrodeoxygenation of microalgal oil to green diesel

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