Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2019

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Robert C. Brown

Abstract

The study of biomass thermal deconstruction most often focuses on its fina lproducts while neglecting the non-volatile condensed phase intermediate species. Furthermore, given the often short reaction durations, time-resolution is also rarely achieved. This dissertation aims to correct these two omissions by developing and utilizing multiple methods of truncated thermal deconstruction of biomass or its constituent biopolymers (namely cellulose). The results demonstrate that final product yields result from the myriad of reactions occurring primarily within the condensed phase intermediate species. Analyzing this overlooked aspect of thermal deconstruction will assist others when building more accurate predictive models. Additionally, once better understood, these reactions can be exploited to produce higher product yields of desired chemicals.

Copyright Owner

Jake Kendall Lindstrom

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

165 pages

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