On the HCCI octane boosting effects of γ-Valerolactone
Transportation sector is almost entirely powered by internal combustion engines (ICEs) burning petroleum-based liquid fuels. This makes the transportation sector the main culprit of global warming due to the large quantity of CO2 emission from burning these petroleum-based fuels. Over the last few decades, there are growing concerns over global warming and diminishing petroleum reserves. Such concerns have led to concentrated efforts directed at a paradigm shift from conventional fuels to renewable alternatives which can promote cleaner combustion. Therefore, future research directions should orient towards exploring new fuels suitable for future ICEs to achieve better engine efficiency and significantly less harmful emissions. One way to achieve these objectives is to focus on improving the combustion technology by developing new fuel-engine systems. Consequently, scientists and engineers are showing growing interest towards non-petroleum-based fuels coming from renewable resources.