Hydro-pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass over alumina supported Platinum, Mo2C and WC catalysts

Songbo He*, Jeffrey Boom, Rolf van der Gaast, K. Seshan

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In-line hydro-treatment of bio-oil vapor from fast pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass (hydro-pyrolysis of biomass) is studied as a method of upgrading the liquefied bio-oil for a possible precursor to green fuels. The nobel metal (Pt) and non-noble metal catalysts (Mo2C and WC) were compared at 500 °C and atmospheric pressure which are same as the reaction conditions for fast pyrolysis of biomass. Results indicated that under the pyrolysis conditions, the major components, such as acids and carbonyls, of the fast pyrolysis bio-oil can be completely and partially hydrogenated to form hydrocarbons, an ideal fossil fuel blend, in the hydro-treated bio-oil. The carbide catalysts perform equally well as the Pt catalyst regarding to the aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbon formation (ca. 60%), showing the feasibility of using the cheap non-noble catalysts for hydro-pyrolysis of biomass.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-161
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • bio-oil
  • hydro-deoxygenation (HDO)
  • hydro-treatment
  • non-noble metal catalysts
  • pyrolysis
  • n/a OA procedure

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