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The search for efficient, low-emission fuels

last modified Aug 02, 2018 05:08 PM
The search for efficient, low-emission fuels

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New pollution-free fuels are being trialed to enhance and eventually replace fossil fuels. A diesel-based fuel with an added hydrocarbon compound has been shown to significantly reduce soot output from engines. Switching from diesel to this new fuel could lower atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and other emissions that are harmful to human health.

This work is described in the article Sooting characteristics of polyoxymethylene dimethyl ether blends with diesel in a diffusion flame, recently published in the journal Fuel.

It has also been featured in an article in Science Trends by Markus Kraft & Louise Renwick. Read the full article:

The research was conducted by Yong Ren Tan, Maria L. Botero, and Wenming Yang from the National University of Singapore; Yuan Sheng and Rong Xu from Nanyang Technological University; Jochen A. H. Dreyer and Markus Kraft from this department.


This research is supported by the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore under its CREATE programme, through the Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore Ltd.

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