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  • 1.
    Han, Tong
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Furnace Technology.
    Sophonrat, Nanta
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Furnace Technology.
    Evangelopoulos, Panagiotis
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Furnace Technology.
    Persson, Henry
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Furnace Technology.
    Weihong, Yang
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Furnace Technology.
    Jönsson, Pär
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Furnace Technology.
    Evolution of sulfur during fast pyrolysis of sulfonated Kraft lignin2018In: Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, ISSN 0165-2370, E-ISSN 1873-250X, Vol. 33, p. 162-168Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Sulfonated Kraft lignin, the most available commercial lignin of today, has high sulfur content due to the extraction and the subsequent sulfonation processes. In this work, the evolution of sulfur during fast pyrolysis of sulfonated Kraft lignin has been studied. Fast Pyrolysis experiments have been done using Py-GC/MS. It is found that main sulfur-containing products in the pyrolytic vapors are present as the following small molecular compounds: H2S, SO2, CH3SH, CH3SCH3, and CH3SSCH3. This indicates that sulfur-containing radicals preferentially combine with the other small radicals such as H and CH3 during fast pyrolysis process. Sulfur is suggested to be mainly present as sulfite (SO3) and sulfide (S) in the sulfonated Kraft lignin. Sulfite that is incorporated into lignin during the sulfonation process mainly result in the formation of SO2. The nature of the sulfur links created during the Kraft pulping process is difficult to determine, but they are supposed to mainly exist in form of sulfide (S) bonds, which lead to the formation of H2S, CH3SH, CH3SCH3 and CH3SSCH3.

  • 2.
    Han, Tong
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
    Sophonrat, Nanta
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
    Tagami, Ayumu
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Fibre- and Polymer Technology.
    Sevastyanova, Olena
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Fibre- and Polymer Technology.
    Mellin, P.
    Yang, Weihong
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Energy and Furnace Technology. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Applied Thermodynamics and Refrigeration.
    Characterization of lignin at pre-pyrolysis temperature to investigate its melting problem2019In: Fuel, ISSN 0016-2361, E-ISSN 1873-7153, Vol. 235, p. 1061-1069Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Technical lignin particles melt under relatively low temperature. This results in the problem in the continuous feeding and fluidization during lignin pyrolysis, which in turn limits its utilization on a large scale. In this study, two most available types of lignin have been used to investigate the lignin melting problem, which are Kraft lignin (KL) from pulping process and hydrolysis lignin (HL) from bio-ethanol production process. Elemental composition, thermal property and thermally decomposed derivatives of each sample are tested by elemental analyzer, TGA, DSC, and Py-GC/MS. Morphology, structure and crystal change before and after heat treatment are tested by microscopy, FTIR and XRD. All results suggest that lignin structure determines its melting properties. Kraft lignin from pulping process contains a less cross-linked structure. It melts under heating. On the other hand, hydrolysis lignin from hydrolysis process contains a highly crossed-linked and condensed structure. It does not melt before decomposition under heat treatment. Modifying lignin structure is suggested for the resolution of technical lignin melting problem.

  • 3.
    Han, Tong
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
    Sophonrat, Nanta
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
    Tagami, Ayumu
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Fibre- and Polymer Technology. Nippon Paper Ind Co Ltd, Res Lab, Kita Ku, Tokyo 1140002, Japan..
    Sevastyanova, Olena
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Fibre- and Polymer Technology.
    Mellin, Pelle
    Swerea KIMAB AB, S-16407 Kista, Sweden..
    Yang, Weihong
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
    Characterization of lignin at pre-pyrolysis temperature to investigate its melting problem2019In: Fuel, ISSN 0016-2361, E-ISSN 1873-7153, Vol. 235, p. 1061-1069Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Technical lignin particles melt under relatively low temperature. This results in the problem in the continuous feeding and fluidization during lignin pyrolysis, which in turn limits its utilization on a large scale. In this study, two most available types of lignin have been used to investigate the lignin melting problem, which are Kraft lignin (KL) from pulping process and hydrolysis lignin (HL) from bio-ethanol production process. Elemental composition, thermal property and thermally decomposed derivatives of each sample are tested by elemental analyzer, TGA, DSC, and Py-GC/MS. Morphology, structure and crystal change before and after heat treatment are tested by microscopy, FTIR and XRD. All results suggest that lignin structure determines its melting properties. Kraft lignin from pulping process contains a less cross-linked structure. It melts under heating. On the other hand, hydrolysis lignin from hydrolysis process contains a highly crossed-linked and condensed structure. It does not melt before decomposition under heat treatment. Modifying lignin structure is suggested for the resolution of technical lignin melting problem.

  • 4.
    Persson, Henry
    et al.
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
    Han, Tong
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
    Xia, Wei
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
    Evangelopoulos, Panagiotis
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
    Weihong, Yang
    KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
    Fractionation of liquid products from pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass by stepwise thermal treatment2018In: Energy, ISSN 0360-5442, E-ISSN 1873-6785, Vol. 154, p. 346-351Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

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