In Russia, chemists from RUDN University, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), and the University of Cordoba (Spain) developed a new method for the synthesis of biofuels from renewable vegetable raw materials. They proposed to use bimetallic catalysts for the production of 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF) biofuel. The chemists managed to increase the yield of DMF by one third, up to 95%, and to prolong the stability of the new catalyst to 8 hours during a continuous chemical process of DMF production. The discovery will help improve biofuel production. The article was published in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.
“This technology will increase the efficiency of biofuel production,” according to the press release. “While maintaining the volume of raw materials, the yield of finished products will increase, and the amount of waste will be at a minimum.”