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Persson, H., Han, T., Xia, W., Evangelopoulos, P. & Weihong, Y. (2018). Fractionation of liquid products from pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass by stepwise thermal treatment. Energy, 154, 346-351
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2018 (English)In: Energy, ISSN 0360-5442, E-ISSN 1873-6785, Vol. 154, p. 346-351Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The thermal properties of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin can be utilized to improve the characteristics of pyrolysis liquids. In this study, a concept of stepwise pyrolysis to fractionate the liquid based on the thermal properties of the biomass constituents was investigated. Lignocellulosic biomass was thermally treated in two steps: 200–300 °C followed by 550 °C. Derived liquids were studied for GC/MS analysis, water content, acid concentration and a solvent extraction method. Pyrolytic liquid derived from 550 °C after treatment at lower temperatures have a higher relative composition of phenolic compounds compared to one-step pyrolysis (increased from 58 to 90% of GC/MS peak area). Also, compounds known to promote aging, such as acids and carbonyl compounds, are derived at lower temperatures which may suppress aging in the liquid derived downstream at 550 °C. For liquids derived at 550 °C, the total acid number was reduced from 125 in one-step treatment to 14 in two-step treatment. Overall, no significant difference in the total liquid yield (sum of the liquids derived in separated treatments) nor any variations in their collective composition compared to one-step treatment at 550 °C was observed, i.e. stepwise pyrolysis can be utilized for direct fractionation of pyrolytic vapors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
Pyrolysis Biomass Bio-oil Stepwise Fractionation
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Energy Technology; Fibre and Polymer Science
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-227249 (URN)10.1016/ (DOI)000436886200033 ()2-s2.0-85046167007 (Scopus ID)
Swedish Energy Agency, 33284-2Swedish Energy Agency, 39449-1

QC 20180522

Available from: 2018-05-04 Created: 2018-05-04 Last updated: 2018-07-17Bibliographically approved

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