The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is developing techniques to characterize (show what’s in it) bio-fuels. For bio-fuels to replace fossil fuels, full characterization is necessary for analyzing the pyrolysis product produced when you make bio-oil to determining quality of the fuel. In this work, we asked the question “can UV-Vis absorbance methods be used to characterize bio-oils.” To determine that we studied a direct method and a functionalized method to determine total aromatic and phenolic content. Preliminary results indicated that spectroscopic methods can be used to analyze bio-oils.


Asanga B. Padmaperuma

Lab site

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Funding Acknowledgement

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program under Grant # 1340110. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. The research was also made possible by the California State University STEM Teacher and Researcher Program, in partnership with Chevron (www.chevron.com), the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (www.marinesanctuary.org) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.



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