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Tuning cellulose pyrolysis chemistry: selective decarbonylation via catalyst-impregnated pyrolysis

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Abstract

Widespread adoption of biomass pyrolysis for lignocellulosic biofuels is largely hindered by a lack of economical means to stabilize the bio-oil (or pyrolysis oil) product. In this work, impregnation of supported metal catalysts provides a new approach to selectively decarbonylate primary pyrolysis products within intermediate cellulose liquid to targeted gasoline-like molecules with enhanced energy content and stability. Selective deoxygenation of hydroxy-methylfurfural (HMF) and furfural (F) to 88% yield of stable furans occurred over carbon-supported Pd, with negligible loss in overall bio-oil yield or furanic content.

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The article was received on 25 May 2014, accepted on 05 Jun 2014 and first published on 06 Jun 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00676C
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Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014,4, 3822-3825
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    Tuning cellulose pyrolysis chemistry: selective decarbonylation via catalyst-impregnated pyrolysis

    M. S. Mettler, A. D. Paulsen, D. G. Vlachos and P. J. Dauenhauer, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014, 4, 3822
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00676C

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