Synthesis of JP-10 Superfuel with Furfuryl Alcohol

Synthesis of JP-10 Superfuel with Furfuryl Alcohol

A research team synthesized JP-10 fuel with lignocellulosic platform compound, furfuryl alcohol. Their findings were published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

The synthesis of renewable jet fuel with lignocellulosic platform components has drawn a lot of attentions in recent years. So far, most of the reported work was concentrated on the production of conventional jet fuels.

JP-10 is an advanced jet fuel which is obtained from fossil energy nowadays. However, the high price and low availability limit its application in civil aviation.

The scientists reported a new strategy for the synthesis of bio-JP-10 fuel with furfuryl alcohol, which has been produced in industrial scale with agricultural and forestry residues. Under the optimized conditions, high overall carbon yields (~65%) of bio-JP-10 fuel were achieved.

A preliminary economic analysis indicated that the price of bio-JP-10 fuel could be greatly decreased from ~7,091 US$/ton (by fossil route) to less than 5,600 US$/ton using this new strategy. The unit production costs for bio-JP-10 fuel could be decreased to less than 2,900 US$/ton when the price of furfuryl alcohol decreased to 400 US$/ton with the advancement of technology in the future.

Their findings bring practical application of bio-JP-10 fuel in sight.