Catalysis Letters

, Volume 143, Issue 11, pp 1175–1181 | Cite as

Hydroconversion of Triglycerides to Hydrocarbons Over Mo–Ni/γ-Al2O3 Catalyst Under Low Hydrogen Pressure

  • Toshiyuki Kimura
  • Hiroyuki Imai
  • Xiaohong Li
  • Koji Sakashita
  • Sachio Asaoka
  • Sulaiman S. Al-Khattaf


The hydroconversion of coconut oil to saturated hydrocarbons under low hydrogen pressure was demonstrated, using a sulfur-free Mo–Ni/γ-Al2O3 catalyst prepared by the co-impregnation of Ni and Mo species. The Mo–Ni/γ-Al2O3 catalyst exhibited remarkably high conversion of coconut oil as well as high selectivity for the generation of the hydrocarbon fraction associated with jet fuel. Examining variations in product distributions with contact time showed that hydrocarbons were produced primarily through the hydrogenolysis of triglycerides followed by hydrodecarboxylation of fatty acids. Increases in the contact time led to improvements in the proportion of hydrocarbons via the hydrodeoxygenation of fatty acids.

Graphical Abstract


Coconut oil Hydrodecarboxylation Hydrodeoxygenation Mo–Ni catalyst Low hydrogen pressure 



We gratefully acknowledge the financial supports of CREST-JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency) and JCCP (Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum) as well as the assistance of our colleagues, S. Yamamoto and S. Sudo.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toshiyuki Kimura
    • 1
  • Hiroyuki Imai
    • 1
  • Xiaohong Li
    • 1
  • Koji Sakashita
    • 1
  • Sachio Asaoka
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sulaiman S. Al-Khattaf
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Environmental EngineeringThe University of KitakyushuKitakyushuJapan
  2. 2.Center of Research Excellence in Petroleum Refining and PetrochemicalsKing Fahd University of Petroleum & MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia

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