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dc.contributor.advisorRichards, Ryan
dc.contributor.authorCadigan, Chris
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-03T04:56:34Z
dc.date.accessioned2022-02-09T08:40:11Z
dc.date.available2007-01-03T04:56:34Z
dc.date.available2022-02-09T08:40:11Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifierT 7290
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11124/79000
dc.description2013 Spring.
dc.descriptionIncludes illustrations (some color).
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstractPrior to the discovery of inexpensive and readily available fossil fuels, the world relied heavily on biomass to provide its energy needs. Due to a worldwide growth in demand for fossil fuels coupled with the shrinkage of petroleum resources, and mounting economic, political, and environmental concerns, it has become more pressing to develop sustainable fuels and chemicals from biomass. The present dissertation studies multiple nanostructured catalysts investigated in various processes related to gasification of biomass into synthesis gas, and further upgrading to biofuels and value added chemicals. These reactions include: syngas conditioning, alcohol synthesis from carbon monoxide hydrogenation, and steam reforming ethanol to form higher hydrocarbons. Nanomaterials were synthesized, characterized, studied in given reactions, and then further characterized post-reaction. Overall goals were aimed at determining catalytic activities towards desired products and determining which material properties were most desirable based on experimental results. Strategies to improve material design for second-generation materials are suggested based on promising reaction results coupled with pre and post reaction characterization analysis.
dc.format.mediumborn digital
dc.format.mediumdoctoral dissertations
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherColorado School of Mines. Arthur Lakes Library
dc.relation.ispartof2010-2019 - Mines Theses & Dissertations
dc.rightsCopyright of the original work is retained by the author.
dc.subjectbiofuels
dc.subjectnanomaterials
dc.subjectgasification
dc.subjectcatalysis
dc.subjectbiomass
dc.subject.lcshBiomass
dc.subject.lcshBiomass energy
dc.subject.lcshNanostructured materials
dc.subject.lcshCatalytic reforming
dc.subject.lcshSynthesis gas
dc.titleNanostructured materials and their role as heterogeneous catalysts in the conversion of biomass to biofuels
dc.typeText
dc.contributor.committeememberPosewitz, Matthew C.
dc.contributor.committeememberKaufman, Michael J.
dc.contributor.committeememberRanville, James F.
dc.contributor.committeememberMagrini-Bair, Kim
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.disciplineChemistry and Geochemistry
thesis.degree.grantorColorado School of Mines


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