engineering careers  Researchers develop new technique for producing liquid hydrocarbon fuel from raw sawdust
engineering careers  Researchers develop new technique for producing liquid hydrocarbon fuel from raw sawdust

Researchers from the University of Manchester and the East China University of Science and Technology have developed a method of producing fuel by boiling raw sawdust without having to pre-treat the biomass, which could lead to significant energy savings. This sustainable method uses a metal catalyst to produce fuel by breaking down the lignin contained within the biomass. Dr Sihai Yang, lead author of the study, said: “This new catalytic process can directly convert raw biomass to liquid fuels without separations or chemical pre-treatments, leading to significant potential energy savings.”