Beneficial use of brown grease - A green source of petroleum-derived hydrocarbons

Lawrence M. Pratt, Travis Pinnock, Kwesi Amoa, Kausar Akther, Jeffrey Domond, Rebecca Gordon, Katty Loriston, Joel Strothers, Alonzo Toney, Hera Rizvi, Muthukumaran Gunasekaran, Iman Noshadi, Richard Parnas, Anthony Provatas

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Abstract

Brown grease, formed as cooking oils and food fats, entering sewage systems is a major urban problem. We have shown that brown grease can be converted to a mixture of aliphatic hydrocarbons by heating under relatively mild conditions. This mixture contains primarily n-alkanes and 1-alkenes with between 8 and 30 carbon atoms in the chain. Furthermore, this conversion occurs without addition of a catalyst, which is significant because the water and impurities in brown grease would destroy or deactivate many metal or metal oxide catalysts that have been used in model systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-53
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of New England Water Environment Association
Volume48
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution

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