Cellulosic Gasoline

Tech ID: 23816 / UC Case 2014-170-0


A simple method of synthesizing gasoline from cellulosic biomass.

Full Description

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a novel synthesis of "drop-in" gasoline from cellulosic biomass. Unlike the alternative methods of producing green biofuel additives such as ethanol or biodiesel, this method yields branched hydrocarbons in the gasoline volatility range that may be used directly as fuel. The UC Davis method represents a new generation of biofuel production that goes beyond current additives by creating a "green" standalone fuel that may be used to directly fuel vehicles that run on motor gasoline.


  • Biofuels
  • Renewable Energy


  • Efficient synthesis of branched, gasoline-range hydrocarbons from cellulosic biomass
  • Uses inexpensive biomass feedstocks
  • Operates under mild conditions, short reaction times
  • High "field-to-tank" yield
  • Robust, heterogeneous catalysts
  • Produces a "drop-in" fuel rather than an additive

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Published Application 20160264876 09/15/2016 2014-170

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sustainable technologies, green fuel, biofuel, drop-in fuel, renewable chemistry, alkanes, biorefinery

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