Trinity and TOTAL design additives to boost fuel efficiency

December 23, 2020 |

In Ireland, researchers from Trinity and TOTAL have designed, synthesized and tested new additives that increase fuel efficiency.

Led by researchers in Trinity’s School of Physics, the Trinity researchers undertook the project as a result of an open competition by TOTAL, where their proposal welcomed several applications from research teams across the globe.

The research was funded by TOTAL Marketing Services and supported by MaREI, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine.

The scientific work carried out by Trinity was focused on determining systematically what makes some molecular structures better octane boosters that others. By modifying these structures and adding molecular components as if they were LEGO pieces, the researchers were able to calculate if a given structure met the theoretical principles to become an efficient octane booster.

Fuel additives may become particularly important if applied to biofuels, which already have low greenhouse gas potential.

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