Catalytic fast co-pyrolysis of biomass and food waste to produce aromatics: Analytical Py-GC/MS study

Bo Zhang, Zhaoping Zhong, Min Min, Kuan Ding, Qinglong Xie, Roger Ruan

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In this study, catalytic fast co-pyrolysis (co-CFP) of corn stalk and food waste (FW) was carried out to produce aromatics using quantitative pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS), and ZSM-5 zeolite in the hydrogen form was employed as the catalyst. Co-CFP temperature and a parameter called hydrogen to carbon effective ratio (H/Ceff ratio) were examined for their effects on the relative content of aromatics. Experimental results showed that co-CFP temperature of 600°C was optimal for the formation of aromatics and other organic pyrolysis products. Besides, H/Ceff ratio had an important influence on product distribution. The yield of total organic pyrolysis products and relative content of aromatics increased non-linearly with increasing H/Ceff ratio. There was an apparent synergistic effect between corn stalk and FW during co-CFP process, which promoted the production of aromatics significantly. Co-CFP of biomass and FW was an effective method to produce aromatics and other petrochemicals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)30-35
Number of pages6
JournalBioresource Technology
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

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Funding Information:
The authors are grateful for the financial support from the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (No. 2013CB228106 ), the National Natural Science Fund Program of China (No. 51276040 ), the Scientific Research Foundation of Graduate School of Southeast University (No. YBJJ1430 ), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities , the scientific innovation research program of college graduate in Jiangsu province (No. KYLX_0183), China Scholarship Council (CSC), as well as Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund , North Central Regional Sun Grant Center at South Dakota State University through a Grant provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture ( 2013-38502-21424 ) and a Grant provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation , Office of the Secretary ( DTOS59-07-G-00054 ).

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  • Aromatics
  • Catalytic co-pyrolysis
  • Corn stalk
  • Food waste
  • ZSM-5 zeolite catalyst


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