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An improved catalytic pyrolysis concept for renewable aromatics from biomass involving a recycling strategy for co-produced polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Genuino, H. C., Muizebelt, I., Heeres, A., Schenk, N. J., Winkelman, J. G. M. & Heeres, H. J., 21-Jul-2019, In : Green Chemistry. 21, 14, p. 3802-3806 5 p.

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Catalytic pyrolysis of crude glycerol over a shaped H-ZSM-5 zeolite catalyst with (partial) recycling of the product oil was studied with the incentive to improve benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) yields. Recycling of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) fraction, after separation from BTX by distillation and co-feeding with the crude glycerol feed, was shown to have a positive effect on the BTX yield. Further improvements were achieved by hydrogenation of the PAH fraction using a Ru/C catalyst and hydrogen gas prior to co-pyrolysis, and BTX yields up to 16 wt% on feed were obtained. The concept was also shown to be beneficial to other biomass feeds such as e.g., Kraft lignin, cellulose, and Jatropha oil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3802-3806
Number of pages5
JournalGreen Chemistry
Volume21
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 21-Jul-2019

    Keywords

  • P-XYLENE, BIO-OIL, CONVERSION, GLYCEROL, FURANICS, CRACKING, ZEOLITE, BTX

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