Campus Units

Chemical and Biological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Bioeconomy Institute (BEI), Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

Document Type

Article

Research Focus Area

Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, Renewable Energy

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

6-22-2016

Journal or Book Title

ChemSusChem

Volume

9

Issue

12

First Page

1473

Last Page

1482

DOI

10.1002/cssc.201600186

Abstract

The production of aromatic hydrocarbons from cellulose by zeolite-catalyzed fast pyrolysis involves a complex reaction network sensitive to the zeolite structure, crystallinity, elemental composition, porosity, and acidity. The interplay of these parameters under the reaction conditions represents a major roadblock that has hampered significant improvement in catalyst design for over a decade. Here, we studied commercial and laboratory-synthesized ZSM-5 zeolites and combined data from 10 complementary characterization techniques in an attempt to identify parameters common to high-performance catalysts. Crystallinity and framework aluminum site accessibility were found to be critical to achieve high aromatic yields. These findings enabled us to synthesize a ZSM-5 catalyst with enhanced activity, which offers the highest aromatic hydrocarbon yield reported to date.

Comments

This is the peer-reviewed version of the following article: Hoff, Thomas C., David W. Gardner, Rajeeva Thilakaratne, Kaige Wang, Thomas W. Hansen, Robert C. Brown, and Jean‐Philippe Tessonnier. "Tailoring ZSM‐5 Zeolites for the Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass to Aromatic Hydrocarbons." ChemSusChem 9, no. 12 (2016): 1473-1482., which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201600186. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

Copyright Owner

WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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