Cracking of Platform Chemicals to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)



Reference #: 01073

The University of South Carolina is offering licensing opportunities for a method to convert platform chemicals into liquefied petroleum gas in one-step with minimal energy input.

Invention Description:

The subject invention describes a one-step method of converting biomass platform chemicals into liquid petroleum gas (LPG) without using additional reactants. It uses platform chemicals as a renewable energy input, delivers bio-LPG with high conversion efficiency, and can be operated at moderate temperatures and atmospheric pressure. The resulting bio-LPG is a sustainable energy resource and can be used as a fuel in heating, cooking, power generation, and combustion engines.

Potential Applications:

Chemical refineries and biomass processing plants

Advantages and Benefits:

1.  The energy consumption of the process is low because it uses platform chemicals and does not use syngas intermediates, which can be energy-intensive.

2.  The proposed process of bio-LPG production is more energy efficient and generates significantly less greenhouse gas emissions than fuels produced from conventional petroleum products.

3.  A process developed from the proposed technology could significantly reduce LPG costs, increase LPG supplies, and encourage distribution in rural areas, resulting in healthier populations with access to a sustainable energy source.


Plant biomass is the renewable and inexpensive source of carbon, which can be transformed into fuels or useful chemicals. If scaled properly and sustainably produced, bio-LPG could replace petroleum-LPG. Bio-LPG is  chemically identical to petroleum-LPG.

Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
Methods of Cracking a Platform Chemical Mixture to Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Aromatic Hydrocarbon Products Utility United States 14/593,086 10,647,934 1/9/2015 5/12/2020   Issued
For Information, Contact:
Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
Jochen Lauterbach
Sungtak Kim
Erdem Sasmaz
Michael Mayeda
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