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Environmentally-Benign Dimethyl Carbonate-Mediated Production of Chemicals and Biofuels from Renewable Bio-Oil

Department of Chemical Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Gyeonggi-do 17104, Korea
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Energies 2017, 10(11), 1790;
Received: 27 September 2017 / Revised: 2 November 2017 / Accepted: 5 November 2017 / Published: 7 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Fundamentals and Conversion)
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Due to the increasing emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), the development of fuels and chemicals based on renewable resources has attracted much attention. Bio-oil, as a carbon rich material, has been considered as a feedstock for biodiesel production. In conventional methanol-mediated transesterification of bio-oil for biodiesel production, significant amounts of glycerol are being generated as a byproduct. In order to overcome these issues, dimethyl carbonate (DMC) has been recently used as an alternative acyl acceptor to avoid the generation of glycerol. DMC is an environmentally-benign chemical reagent and reactive solvent due to safety, health, and environmental benefits. Moreover, DMC can be produced from CO2. Co-production of biodiesel and chemicals such as glycerol carbonate is possible as the concept of zero-waste utilization of bio-oil. Value-added chemicals can be synthesized using DMC as a reagent. This paper provides a review on the physical and chemical properties of DMC as a solvent, as well as the production methods for DMC. DMC-mediated production of various chemicals and fuels in both chemical and enzymatic processes are discussed together with their pros and cons. View Full-Text
Keywords: biodiesel; bio-oil; dimethyl carbonate; glycerol carbonate biodiesel; bio-oil; dimethyl carbonate; glycerol carbonate

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Kim, K.H.; Lee, E.Y. Environmentally-Benign Dimethyl Carbonate-Mediated Production of Chemicals and Biofuels from Renewable Bio-Oil. Energies 2017, 10, 1790.

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