Conversion of Lignin into a Hydrocarbon Product for Blending with Gasoline

David K. Johnson, Esteban Chornet, Wlodzimierz Zmierczak, Joseph Shabtai

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A process for converting the lignin in residues from biomass-to-ethanol processes was developed. High yields of depolymerized lignin (60-80%) were obtained at moderate temperatures and short reaction times. Standard tests for distillation (ASTM D86) and vapor pressure (ASTM D5191) showed that the products are close to meeting these gasoline specifications. Standards tests (ASTM D2700 and D2699) of 19- 50% blends of HPR-BCD products with unoxygenated gasoline gave blending octane numbers for the products of 82-97. Higher values were obtained when hydrogenation is limited, minimizing formation of naphthenes.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Mar 2002
Event224th ACS National Meeting - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 7 Apr 200211 Apr 2002


Conference224th ACS National Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-510-32627


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