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Issue 5, 2012
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The chain length effect in pyrolysis: bridging the gap between glucose and cellulose

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Abstract

Despite the potential for biomass pyrolysis to produce renewable fuels, the governing chemical reactions are largely unknown due to the complexity of biopolymers, such as cellulose. In this work, we use isothermal pyrolysis experiments to reveal the chain length (or end-group) effect that controls the distribution of pyrolysis products from linear β-1,4-glucan polymers (e.g., cellulose). Finally, we show that a simplified end-group/interior monomer model is largely incapable of predicting product yields from cellodextrin pyrolysis.

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The article was received on 08 Feb 2012, accepted on 06 Mar 2012 and first published on 21 Mar 2012


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2GC35184F
Citation: Green Chem., 2012,14, 1284-1288
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    The chain length effect in pyrolysis: bridging the gap between glucose and cellulose

    M. S. Mettler, A. D. Paulsen, D. G. Vlachos and P. J. Dauenhauer, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 1284
    DOI: 10.1039/C2GC35184F

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