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Ethanol to butanol?

  1. Apr 23, 2009 #1
    I'm interested in making butanol from algae for a personal project, but the traditional ABE process seems a little inefficient (don't the bacteria die at concentrations of 2.5%?), so I started looking into other methods. From what I could get from http://www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wo.jsp?WO=2008069987&IA=US2007024671&DISPLAY=DESC", it looks like I could take ethanol made from algae, put it under pressure with a catalyst such as Magnesium, and heat it to above 150 C. Does this seem reasonable, or would it be easier to just do it the old-fashioned way?
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