Bio-derived sustainable aviation fuels—On the verge of powering our future

Mukul Tomar, Abhinav Abraham, Keunsoo Kim, Eric Mayhew, Tonghun Lee, Kenneth Brezinsky, Patrick Lynch

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Jet fuels derived from biomass (bio-derived sustainable aviation fuels or BSAFs) offer a means of reducing net carbon emissions from aviation. Drop-in substitute fuels are attractive for use with existing and near-future aviation fleets and fueling infrastructure. Yet fuels derived from different biomass feedstock and produced by different production pathways have different fuel properties. These fuel property differences—especially ignition properties—offer challenges. This chapter discusses the current status, challenges, and opportunities of BSAFs. Strategies for closer property matching and for modeling and dealing with varied and uncontrolled properties are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCombustion Chemistry and the Carbon Neutral Future
Subtitle of host publicationWhat will the Next 25 Years of Research Require?
Number of pages78
ISBN (Electronic)9780323992138
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • ASTM jet fuel certification
  • Bio-fuels
  • Bio-jet fuel production pathways
  • Data-driven mechanism
  • Energy scenario
  • Feedstock
  • Fuel additives
  • Fuel blends
  • Ignition characteristics
  • Rocket/missile bio-fuel
  • SAFs
  • Spectroscopic property sensing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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