Ab initio calculations for the reaction paths of levoglucosan: An intermediate of cellulose pyrolysis

Lorene Abella, Keiichiro Yamamoto, Kenji Fukuda, Shinkoh Nanbu, Noriko Oikawa, Koji Morita, Tatsuya Matsumoto

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Industrial wood wastes and domestic wastes are composed mostly of cellulose, which is the main constituent in plant materials. Reuse of these products as a biomass energy source is one way of solving the energy problems we are facing today. Studies on the pyrolysis of cellulose reveal that with more than 90 products and by-products, levoglucosan (1,6-anhydro-β-D- glucopyranose) as one of the main products is broken down to produce most of these smaller products. Ab initio calculations were carried out to elucidate the mechanisms of levoglucosan decomposition- an important parameter for char formation that is eyed to be a possible alternative energy source.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-168
Number of pages22
JournalMemoirs of the Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 14 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy(all)
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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