Applications of calcium oxide–based catalysts in biomass pyrolysis/gasification – A review

Hui Li, Yangyang Wang, Nan Zhou, Leilei Dai, Wenyi Deng, Chenhui Liu, Yanling Cheng, Yuhuan Liu, Kirk Cobb, Paul Chen, Roger Ruan

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Catalytic pyrolysis/gasification (CPG) is demonstrated to be a promising technology to convert biomass into valuable biofuels, in which catalyst plays a critical role. As a non–toxic and low–cost material, calcium oxide (CaO) has been widely used as a catalyst in biomass CPG. To understand the function of various CaO catalyst, the present review gives an overview of the application of CaO–based catalyst in biomass CPG. The necessity of biomass CPG catalyzed by CaO–based catalyst was firstly described in introduction, followed by comparison of CaO with other catalysts. By reviewing recent studies, CaO–based catalysts were classified into three types: pure CaO, modified CaO (doped CaO and loaded CaO), and waste CaO. An emphasis was focused on catalytic activity of various CaO–based catalysts, kinetic study and influence of operating conditions. The research gap and future perspectives were also proposed. Results indicated that the catalytic activity and stability of pure CaO was restricted, it should be further modified for different target biofuels. Calcium wastes have great potential to be used as CaO–based catalyst, in which the effect of impurities are supposed to be elucidated in advance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number125826
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
StatePublished - Apr 1 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China ( 51806126 ), A Project of Shandong Province Higher Educational Science and Technology Program ( J18KA087 ), Doctoral Fund of Shandong Jianzhu University ( XNBS1603 ), and University of Minnesota Center for Biorefining . Thanks for the Plan of Guidance and Cultivation for Young Innovative Talents of Shandong Province. Special thanks to the China Scholarship Council.

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  • Biomass
  • CaO
  • Kinetics
  • Pyrolysis/gasification
  • Waste solid


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