Microwave-assisted catalytic pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass for production of phenolic-rich bio-oil

Alisa Mamaeva, Arash Tahmasebi, Lu Tian, Jianglong Yu

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Catalytic microwave pyrolysis of peanut shell (PT) and pine sawdust (PS) using activated carbon (AC) and lignite char (LC) for production of phenolic-rich bio-oil and nanotubes was investigated in this study. The effects of process parameters such as pyrolysis temperature and biomass/catalyst ratio on the yields and composition of pyrolysis products were investigated. Fast heating rates were achieved under microwave irradiation conditions. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis of bio-oil showed that activated carbon significantly enhanced the selectivity of phenolic c3/30/2016 4:14:58 PMompounds in bio-oil. The highest phenolics content in the bio-oil (61.19 %(area)) was achieved at 300 °C. The selectivity of phenolics in bio-oil was higher for PT sample compared to that of PS. The formation of nanotubes in PT biomass particles was observed for the first time in biomass microwave pyrolysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-389
Number of pages8
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomass
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Catalytic pyrolysis
  • Microwave irradiation
  • Phenolic compounds

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