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Potentials of bio-butanol conversion to valuable products

Larisa Pinaeva

Larisa Pinaeva obtained her PhD in 1997 at Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk by studying the mechanisms of heterogeneous catalytic reactions using response technique. She has published 64 papers and several patents. Her current research focuses on analysis of scientific and technological literature to evaluate the prospects for the development of basic catalytic processes and implementation of perspective technologies.

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and Alexandr Noskov

Alexandr Noskov obtained his PhD (1984) and Doctor of Science (1994) degrees at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (BIC), Novosibirsk by working on design of unsteady state catalytic processes. Since 1995, he is a Deputy Director for Science of BIC, Head of Department of Technology of Catalytic Processes. He has published more than 500 papers and 200 patents, and is a recipient of numerous awards. His studies aim at solving the most urgent problems of fundamental and applied catalysis, oil refining, petrochemistry, ecology; research interests are mainly in the field of development of new industrial technologies.


In the last decade, there was observed a growing demand for both n-butanol as a potential fuel or fuel additive, and propylene as the only raw material for production of alcohol and other more bulky propylene chemical derivatives with faster growing outputs (polymers, propylene oxide, and acrylic acid). The predictable oilfield depletion and the European Green Deal adoption stimulated interest in alternative processes for n-butanol production, especially those involving bio-based materials. Their commercialization will promote additional market penetration of n-butanol for its application as a basic chemical. We analyze briefly the current status of two most advanced bio-based processes, i.e. ethanol–to-n-butanol and acetone–butanol–ethanol (ABE) fermentation. In the second part of the review, studies of n-butanol and ABE conversion to valuable products are considered with an emphasis on the most perspective catalytic systems and variants of the future processes realization.

Corresponding author: Larisa Pinaeva, Department of Technology of Catalytic Processes, Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia, E-mail:

Award Identifier / Grant number: АААА-А21-121011390010-7

About the authors

Larisa Pinaeva

Larisa Pinaeva obtained her PhD in 1997 at Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk by studying the mechanisms of heterogeneous catalytic reactions using response technique. She has published 64 papers and several patents. Her current research focuses on analysis of scientific and technological literature to evaluate the prospects for the development of basic catalytic processes and implementation of perspective technologies.

Alexandr Noskov

Alexandr Noskov obtained his PhD (1984) and Doctor of Science (1994) degrees at the Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (BIC), Novosibirsk by working on design of unsteady state catalytic processes. Since 1995, he is a Deputy Director for Science of BIC, Head of Department of Technology of Catalytic Processes. He has published more than 500 papers and 200 patents, and is a recipient of numerous awards. His studies aim at solving the most urgent problems of fundamental and applied catalysis, oil refining, petrochemistry, ecology; research interests are mainly in the field of development of new industrial technologies.

  1. Author contributions: All the authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this submitted manuscript and approved submission.

  2. Research funding: This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation within the governmental order for Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (project АААА-А21-121011390010-7).

  3. Conflict of interest statement: The authors declare no conflicts of interest regarding this article.


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Received: 2021-07-13
Accepted: 2021-11-26
Published Online: 2022-02-02

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