Tuning cellulose pyrolysis chemistry: Selective decarbonylation via catalyst-impregnated pyrolysis

Matthew S. Mettler, Alex D. Paulsen, Dionisios G. Vlachos, Paul J. Dauenhauer

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Widespread adoption of biomass pyrolysis for lignocellulosic biofuels is largely hindered by a lack of economical means to stabilize the bio-oil (or pyrolysis oil) product. In this work, impregnation of supported metal catalysts provides a new approach to selectively decarbonylate primary pyrolysis products within intermediate cellulose liquid to targeted gasoline-like molecules with enhanced energy content and stability. Selective deoxygenation of hydroxy-methylfurfural (HMF) and furfural (F) to 88% yield of stable furans occurred over carbon-supported Pd, with negligible loss in overall bio-oil yield or furanic content. This journal is

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3822-3825
Number of pages4
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014


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