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New catalyst could reduce biofuels production costs [Registered]

One of the biggest challenges in biofuels production is grabbing carbon for fuel while also removing oxygen. High oxygen content makes biofuel less stable, gooier and less efficient than fossil fuels and not suitable for airplane or diesel fuels. To improve production, researchers also want to use as little hydrogen as possible in the reaction. Washington State University (WSU) researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently. Led by Professor Yong Wang, the researchers mixed inexpensive iron with a tiny amount of rare palladium to make the catalyst, to efficiently and cheaply…

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