The groups around Guoqiang XU and Xindang MU at CAS QIBEBT have developed a process whereby biomass-derived biofuels such as ethanol and butanol can be transformed in a one-pot chemical reaction with > 90 % selectivity to C8-C19 ketones and alcohols which have biofuel characteristics. A Pd-C catalyst was used for this reaction.

CAS news release, December 22, 2016