Ultra-Deep Desulfurization of hydrocarbon fuels for fuel cell applications

Song, Chunshan
Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering


Effective conversion of hydrocarbon fuels to hydrogen requires fuels with ultra-low sulfur contents.  We are developing solid absorbents to selectively adsorb sulfur from fuels.  This ultra-deep desulfurization will also enable fuels to comply with upcoming regulations on sulfur content in gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. The reactor system being used for the desulfurization of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel are shown below.

























A few Selected Papers

1. Song, C.; Ma, X. “New Design Approaches to Ultra-Clean Diesel Fuels by Deep Desulfurization and Deep Dearomatization”, Applied Catalysis B Environ. 2003, 41, 207.

2. Ma, X.; Sun, L.; Song, C. “A New Approach to Deep Desulfurization of Gasoline, Diesel and Jet Fuel by Selective Adsorption for Ultra-Clean Fuels and for Fuel Cell Applications”, Catal. Today, 2002, 77, 107.   

3. Velu, S.; Ma, X.; Song, C. “Fuel Cell Grade Gasoline Production by Selective Adsorption for Removing Sulfur”, Preprints of Symposia – American Chemical Society, Division of Petroleum Chemistry, 2003, 48, 58.

 4. Ma, X.; Sprague, M.; Sun, L.; Song, C. “Deep desulfurization of Gasoline by SARS Process for Fuel Cell Application”, Preprints of Symposia – American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel Chemistry,2002, 47, 452.

5. Ma, X.; Jae-Hyung Kim,; Song, C. “Effect of Methyl Groups at 4- and 6-Positions on Adsorption of Dibenzothiophenes over CoMo and NiMo Sulfide Catalysts”, Preprints of Symposia – American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel Chemistry, 2003, 48, 135


   - U.S. Department of Energy
   - U.S. Department of Defense
   - U.S. Navy
   - U.S.  Air Force
   - New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan

Additional researchers working on this project

-          Dr.Xiaoliang Ma

-          Dr.S.Velu

-          Dr. Jae Hyung Kim

-          Mr.Shingo Watanabe

-          Mrs.Lu Sun


For more information, please contact Chunshan Song.


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