Interactions between Volatiles and Char during Pyrolysis of Biomass: Reactive Species Determining and Reaction over Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes

Yong Huang, Yalun Hu, Jun Ichiro Hayashi, Yunming Fang

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This paper investigated the interactions between volatiles and char during pyrolysis of biomass with an emphasis on those between the reactive compounds in volatiles and the oxygen-containing functional groups in char. On the basis of a comparative study on the products from biomass pyrolysis with and without heavy oil (HO) recycling, which represented a maximization and minimization of the volatile-char interactions, respectively, levoglucosan (LG) was selected as the typical reactive compound in the volatiles. The interactions between LG and functionalized graphitized multiwalled carbon nanotubes with hydroxyl and carboxyl groups (HGMCN and CGMCN, respectively) as char models were surveyed at 300, 350, 400, and 450 °C. The results show that temperature plays an important role in the interactions between LG and GMCNs. HGMCN interacted with LG only at 400 °C, while the LG-CGMCN interactions started at 400 °C and intensified at 450 °C with a significant increase in gas yield. The GC-MS analyses indicated that the liquid products from the LG-GMCNs interactions were predominant in furfural and 5-methyl-2-furancarboxaldehyde.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5758-5765
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy and Fuels
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 21 2016


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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