Activated carbons for hydrothermal decarboxylation of fatty acids

Jie Fu, Fan Shi, L. T. Thompson, Xiuyang Lu, Phillip E. Savage

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We converted palmitic and oleic acids to fuel range hydrocarbons using two activated carbons in near- and supercritical water with no H2 added. The main products from palmitic acid were C8-C15n-alkanes. The major products from oleic acid were C12-C17n-alkanes and some C17 olefins. The pseudo-first-order rate constants displayed Arrhenius behavior. The apparent activation energy of 125 kJ/mol for palmitic acid decarboxylation is higher than that observed with a 5% Pt/C catalyst. Nevertheless, these results show that activated carbons possess catalytic activity for the hydrothermal decarboxylation of fatty acids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-231
Number of pages5
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 4 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry


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