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"Ring opening" article selected as royal society of chemistry hot topic

An article authored by Los Alamos staff John C. Gordon (Chemistry) and Louis "Pete" Silks (Bioscience) on the opening hydrocarbon rings in biomass-derived furan has been selected as a hot topic by Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) publishing.

The article describes ongoing work by Gordon, Silks, and colleagues. The work investigates a method of opening biomass-derived furan rings under mild conditions and holds promise for converting biomass into liquid hydrocarbons. This area of research is fast moving and presents an opportunity to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and move towards a more carbon neutral fuel economy. For use in transportation there are currently a range of strategies being considered to create liquid fuel from different biomass feedstocks.

Hydrocarbon rings

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9/6/2013


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