Primary Reactions of Cellulose Pyrolysis
Cellulose pyrolysis has been the subject of a large number of papers. However, the origin and nature of many products are still not well understood. This chapter begins by noting the difficulties connected to experimental and conceptual definitions and characterizations of slow and fast pyrolysis. The most representative results published during the long history of pyrolysis are summarized. The chapter points out the main controversies, unresolved questions and well established facts of cellulose pyrolysis. Special emphasis is placed on the primary steps of cellulose deconstruction and also on the formation and properties of intermediate species. The chapter concludes with suggestions for future research topics.