The Blechner group will pursue conversion of CO2 and H2 into a range of liquid fuels by direct hydrogenation of CO2 to fuels or to materials such as methanol (that can be converted to gasoline by the MTG process), and develop novel catalytic processes for deoxygenation, isomerization and mild cracking of heavy paraffins from non-food oils to produce high-quality “drop-in” green diesel and jet fuel with minimum hydrogen consumption.
Moti Herskowitz is professor of chemical engineering and researcher in the fields of advanced materials, heterogeneous catalysis and renewable fuels. He established the Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development in 1995 and has been its director. He published over 130 papers and 24 patents based on basic and applied research. Many publications are related to advanced catalytic materials and processes in general and their application in the production of novel renewable and sustainable fuels in particular. Studies of heterogeneous catalysts and their implementation in environmental processes, particularly wastewater and air pollutants treatments, were also published.
Professor Herskowitz has led many projects related to alternative and renewable fuels. ExxonMobil announced a few years ago that the Blechner Center was a partner in the development of a breakthrough technology that facilitates on-board generation of hydrogen advancing applications of fuel cells for transportation. Another patented novel technology developed at the Blechner Center is the production of advanced, green diesel and jet fuels from vegetable and animal oil, which is ready for commercialization. Professor Herskowitz is currently engaged in the development of renewable and alternative liquid fuels production from various abundant feedstocks, among them carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced from water, published recently in. The novel catalyst and process were published in a recent paper and a patent application. It is expected that within the next three years, this technology will be tested in a pilot plant.