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Optimizing Seaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) Thermal Pyrolysis for Environmental Sustainability: A Response Surface Methodology Approach and Analysis of Bio-Oil Properties

Fuel and Energy Research Group, School of Engineering and Technology, Central Queensland University, Norman Gardens, QLD 4701, Australia
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Energies 2024, 17(4), 863;
Submission received: 25 December 2023 / Revised: 5 February 2024 / Accepted: 8 February 2024 / Published: 12 February 2024
(This article belongs to the Section A4: Bio-Energy)


This study focuses on optimizing the thermal pyrolysis process to maximize pyrolysis oil yield using marine biomass or seaweed. The process, conducted in a batch reactor, was optimized using response surface methodology and Box–Behnken design. Variables like temperature, residence time, and stirring speed were adjusted to maximize bio-oil yield. The optimal conditions yielded 42.94% bio-oil at 463.13 °C, with a residence time of 65.75 min and stirring speed of 9.74 rpm. The analysis showed that temperature is the most critical factor for maximizing yield. The bio-oil produced contains 11 functional groups, primarily phenol, aromatics, and alcohol. Its high viscosity and water content make it unsuitable for engines but suitable for other applications like boilers and chemical additives. It is recommended to explore the potential of refining the bio-oil to reduce its viscosity and water content, making it more suitable for broader applications, including in engine fuels. Further research could also investigate the environmental impact and economic feasibility of scaling up this process.

1. Introduction

The importance of energy in our everyday lives and in the advancement of technology has led many to consider it a fundamental element. Undoubtedly, it is an essential need for human survival and progress. The clear upward trend in GDP and the rising profile of industrialization are driving up the world’s energy consumption [1]. The exponential growth of the world’s population and the precipitous depletion of fossil fuel supplies have combined to create an unprecedented energy catastrophe. A major contributor to the present energy issues globally is this exponential population expansion, which is occurring while fossil fuel resources are declining [2,3]. One of the factors that leads to the phenomena of climate change is the widespread use of fossil fuels, which not only causes enormous damage to the environment but also adds to the problem. The quantity of carbon dioxide (CO2) that was released into the atmosphere as a result of the burning of fossil fuels was 36.8 billion tonnes in 2022 [4]. A substantial amount of damage is caused to the environment because of the intensive use of fossil fuels, which also plays a role in the phenomena of climate change. Before the middle of the 20th century, this subject received very little attention, and the study of renewable energy sources was mostly reserved for circumstances that were regarded to be of an urgent nature [5]. The use of energy derived from renewable sources is a potential solution to the problem of environmental deterioration and the dwindling supply of fossil fuels. In 2022, renewable sources contributed a remarkable 14.21% of the world’s total energy consumption, which represents a big step towards tackling these concerns [6]. So, reducing emissions and meeting energy demands while reducing dependency on petroleum oil requires the use of environmentally acceptable energy alternatives.
As a potential source of renewable energy, the use of marine biomass represents a promising avenue. There is the possibility that the processing of marine biomass might fulfil a fraction of the future energy requirements. This could be accomplished via the utilization of cutting-edge technologies such as pyrolysis [7]. The process of pyrolysis is a thermal degradation method that involves the breakdown of carbon-rich materials, such as biomass, in the absence or restricted presence of air. This method results in the production of three principal energy products, namely bio-oil, biochar, and syngas. Bio-oil is one of these, and it shows a great deal of potential in terms of tackling issues related to energy and the environment. It is possible to use bio-oil as a fuel for furnaces, boilers, and engines, which contributes to the creation of both heat and electricity. Bio-oil is composed of a mixture of different organic compounds that are present in variable proportions. Moreover, it is a useful source for a wide variety of chemical applications, which is another application [8].
Pyrolysis is a process that may be broken down into three distinct types: slow pyrolysis, fast pyrolysis, and flash pyrolysis. In particular, the rapid pyrolysis approach has attracted a great deal of interest from researchers. This is due to the fact that it is recognized for its capacity to produce a bigger quantity of bio-oil in comparison to the other two methods [9]. Considering that pyrolysis primarily results in the production of a liquid product, the process of storing and transferring it is simplified. In addition, when it comes to conducting pyrolysis on seaweed or marine biomass, there are a variety of reactors that are available. An investigation of the various reactors that are utilized in fast pyrolysis was carried out by Campuzano et al. [10]. The researchers took into consideration a variety of criteria, including bio-oil output, process complexity, feedstock particle size standards, inert gas needs, and scalability levels. According to the results of their investigation, they suggested that auger reactors and fluidized bed reactors placed at the top in the evaluation. The experiments on fast pyrolysis that were conducted by Bae et al. [11] were carried out at a temperature of 500 degrees Celsius and utilised batch and auger reactors. For the purpose of providing feedstock, a number of different macroalgae, such as Undaria pinnatifida, Laminaria japonica, and Porphyra, appeared. After conducting the investigation, it was discovered that the species Undaria pinnatifida (40.4 wt.%), Laminaria japonica (37.6 wt.%), and Porphyra tenera (47.4 wt.%) produced the highest yields of bio-oil. The studies that Nam et al. carried out involved the use of rice straw as their principal material [12]. These experiments were quite similar to the ones that are described in this discussion. Their findings revealed that several extraction techniques, such as auger, batch, and fluidized bed procedures, were able to rovide a bio-oil yield that was equivalent to that of other methods. The fluidized bed reactor, on the other hand, has significant operational hurdles in comparison to other types of reactors. It requires a significant supply of inert gas in order to assist the fluidization of the bed material. Furthermore, as the reactors are developed, the procedure of delivering the necessary enthalpy for the pyrolysis process via heat transfer becomes progressively more difficult [13]. The batch reactor and the auger reactor are both considered to be extremely promising reactor designs for the thermal pyrolysis process. This is because of the qualities previously mentioned [13,14]. As a result of this, a batch pyrolysis reactor was utilised in the course of this research.
Macroalgae, commonly known as seaweeds, are marine plants that can be found in oceans and other aquatic environments around the world. They have various uses, including as food, feed, fertilizers, biofuels, and industrial products [15]. The use of seaweeds, also known as macroalgae, as a resource for the generation of biofuels in a sustainable manner is becoming an increasingly popular topic in the modern period. Contrary to conventional oil crops grown on land, seaweeds provide a number of advantages. It is not necessary for them to transfer water or nutrients inside, which results in a reduction in energy consumption. Further, as compared to terrestrial biomass, the mass productivity of several different types of seaweed is significantly higher [16]. Furthermore, they are utilized as a source of nourishment for human beings, components in cosmetic items, fertilizers for agricultural purposes, and as raw materials for the creation of chemicals that are utilised in the medical field and a variety of other sectors [17]. The production of seaweed for economic reasons has a long and illustrious history, notably in Asia. Seaweed that has been dried provides a possibility to be used as a raw material for a variety of applications, such as co-firing for the generation of electricity, thermochemical conversion for the manufacture of liquid fuel (bio-oil), and fermentation for the creation of biomethane. In spite of the fact that a significant amount of study has been conducted on the production of bio-oil from microalgae, there is still a research gap concerning the production of bio-oil from seaweeds. As a result of the high amount of carbohydrates that they contain, seaweeds have the potential to be the most suitable raw materials for the production of bio-oil.
The gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC–MS) technique was utilized by Ross et al. in order to evaluate the pyrolysis properties of five different macroalgae [17]. Pyrolysis led to the production of a wide variety of pentosans as well as a significant quantity of nitrogen-containing compounds, which ultimately culminated in the production of a significant amount of char. The thermal investigation was carried out by Wang et al. [18] on three different kinds of macroalgae as well as firewood. During the process of thermolysis, their analysis found that there was a considerable difference in the transfer of heat between seaweeds and firewood. According to the findings of the study, seaweeds typically participate in exothermic processes at relatively lower temperature ranges. On the other hand, wood has a pronounced endothermic reaction at relatively higher temperatures, which is then followed by a noticeable exothermic peak. The synthesis of bio-oil by the pyrolysis process applied to seaweeds or macroalgae has only been well established in a few studies that have been published in the academic literature [19,20]. The experiment focused on the thermal degradation process, also known as pyrolysis, of three different forms of macroalgae: two varieties of brown macroalgae, namely Undaria pinnatida and Laminaria japonica, and one type of red macroalgae, Porphyratenera. For the purpose of the study, temperatures ranging from 300 to 600 degrees Celsius were considered [19]. The bio-oil production was at its peak at 500 degrees Celsius, with a yield ranging from 37.5 to 47.4 wt.%. In the event that extra processing is performed, the bio-oils that are produced have the potential to be utilized as a chemical feedstock. However, because of the high nitrogen concentration, their usage as fuel is restricted to a certain extent.
In a similar manner, the pyrolysis of seaweed (Gracilaria) with the assistance of microwaves led to the generation of bio-oils that contained a substantial amount of aromatics, sugars, and other important compounds [20]. Via the utilization of pyrolysis technology, the production of bio-oil from seaweed may be enhanced, hence increasing the efficacy of seaweed in a variety of applications. As a consequence of this, engineers are confronted with a significant challenge: they must maximize the amount and quality of bio-oil while simultaneously minimizing costs and worries about the environment. The yield of bio-oil produced by the pyrolysis process is collectively influenced by a number of parameters, including the temperature of the pyrolysis process [21], the particle size of the feedstock [22], the stirring speed [23], the heating rate [24], and the amount of time the feedstock is allowed to remain inside the pyrolysis reactor [25]. Prior research on batch and continuous pyrolysis procedures has focused mostly on the variables and their impacts. However, some process parameters were continuously kept at values that were not stated in these experiments. Due to the fact that this approach does not take into account the total effect of all of the process factors, it is not recommended. The process of determining the optimal values takes a considerable amount of time and involves a number of trials, which may result in findings that are not accurate. In order to overcome these constraints of traditional methodologies, statistical experimental design techniques such as response surface methodology (RSM) may be utilized to simultaneously optimize all of the process parameters [26,27]. Attaining the largest possible yield of bio-oil via the process of pyrolysis is the major purpose of this inquiry into possible optimizations. To the best of our knowledge, there is a dearth of research in the current body of literature that has particularly engaged in an optimization study for the purpose of producing bio-oil by the thermal pyrolysis of seaweed.
Additionally, the use of a batch reactor for the pyrolysis of seaweed constitutes a unique contribution to the current body of literature. As a result, the purpose of this research is to investigate the combined impacts of three operational factors—temperature, residence time, and stirring speed—on the production yield of bio-oil that is the result of seaweed. Within the context of response surface methodology (RSM), the inquiry makes use of a batch reactor and applies the Box–Behnken design, also known as the BBD. It is then subjected to characterization via a variety of analytical techniques, such as FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), GC–MS (gas chromatography–mass spectrometry), as well as physicochemical and properties analysis. This is carried out after the bio-oil has been obtained under the maximum possible operational conditions.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Preparation of Raw Materials

The seaweed species Ascophyllum nodosum was collected from 22 Countryview Dr, Atherton QLD 4887 via Seaweed Enterprise Australia. They are the largest seaweed supplier company in Australia and import seaweed from Norway. Our sample was collected on 22 September 2022. It was initially dried in sunlight for eight days to remove excess moisture. The dried seaweed was then shredded into 1 mm pieces using a shredder, followed by further sun-drying to ensure optimal moisture reduction. Before use in experiments, the shredded biomass was thoroughly mixed to ensure uniformity in the feedstock.

2.2. Experimental Setup and Method

The experiments at CQUniversity’s Waste to Energy Laboratory in North Rockhampton involved the use of a batch reactor for conducting pyrolysis studies. The whole reactor configuration is seen in Figure 1. This reactor had its outer shell electrically insulated and heated by a ring furnace. The use of K-type thermocouples allowed for continuous temperature monitoring throughout the reactor. The pace at which the reactor heated and its temperature were both controlled by a PID Automatic Controller. To establish an inert atmosphere, a nitrogen gas bottle equipped with a pressure regulator/control valve was employed, with pressure adjusted to 30 kPa to eliminate oxygen presence. This ensured that all procedures were conducted at or around atmospheric pressure and temperature. Monitoring the reactor’s internal pressure was facilitated by a pressure gauge, and a relief valve was incorporated for safety measures. Gaseous condensate processing into bio-oil involved chilling equipment set at 5 °C. To maintain the water in the condenser below 0 °C, it was initially mixed with a polyethylene glycol solution.
The feeding hopper was used to introduce two kilograms of material. The reactor was kept oxygen-free by flushing it with nitrogen gas. During the 15 min purging operation, the reactor vessel, bio-oil tank, and syngas exhaust valves were kept open, while the feeding hopper lid remained closed. Subsequently, we initiated the data logging systems and activated the chiller. Then, we adjusted the temperature settings on each thermostat. The screw conveyor motor started up as the electric heater brought the reactor up to temperature at the study kept a fixed temperature for a predetermined amount of time, called “residence time”. The experiment had a residence time of around one hour. Because of this, the pyrolysis reaction began, and the feedstock was converted into biochar and vapour. The vapour then travelled through a water-cooled condenser, where the vapour’s condensable gases were extracted to produce bio-oil. A gas exhaust valve was used to expel any residual syngas or non-condensable gas. In the event that the syngas exhaust encountered an obstacle that caused the reactor pressure to rise over 40 kPa, a pressure relief valve would open to return the pressure to a safe level, below 40 kPa but above atmospheric pressure. Following the conclusion of the experiment, the heaters were deactivated to allow the temperature within the reactor to revert to its normal state. Subsequently, the biochar and bio-oil were gathered through their respective outlet valves.
The formula used to calculate the yields of different products from seaweed pyrolysis is outlined below.
To calculate the yield of bio-oil (Yo), the formula used is
Y o = m o × 100 % m f
Here, Yo represents the yield percentage of bio-oil, mo is the mass of bio-oil produced, and mf is the total mass of the feedstock used in the experiment.
Y c = m c × 100 % m f
In this equation, Yc is the biochar yield percentage, and mc is the mass of biochar produced.
Y g = 100 ( Y o + Y c )
This calculation is based on the principle of mass balance. Since the mass of syngas Yg cannot be measured directly in the absence of a mass flowmeter in the reactor, it is deduced by subtracting the combined yields of bio-oil and biochar from 100%. In this study, the mass balance analysis is performed using these equations. While biochar and syngas, two significant by-products of macroalgae pyrolysis, have various applications like soil improvement and energy production, this study focuses primarily on bio-oil. Hence, biochar and syngas are not analyzed in detail.

2.3. RSM Experimental Design

In this study, response surface methodology (RSM) was employed to optimize key operating parameters in seaweed pyrolysis, aiming to achieve the highest possible bio-oil yield. RSM is a widely recognized experimental strategy used for process optimization across various industries [28,29]. It involves developing a conceptual model to predict a specific response, followed by constructing equations and visualizations from this model to optimize the response.
The initial step in RSM is selecting an appropriate experimental design, which depends on the number of factors to be investigated and available resources. Preliminary experiments and literature reviews identified temperature, residence time, and stirring speed as the most significant factors affecting seaweed pyrolysis. The inert gas flow rate and the feedstock mass flow rate are two factors that were left out of this investigation. Since the inert gas flow rate was only used to cleanse the reactor before experimentation, it was considered to be of little consequence. Furthermore, the residence time was regulated by the motor speed, which in turn determined the feedstock mass flow rate, demonstrating a dependency between the two factors.
For this study, a Box–Behnken design (BBD) was chosen over other experimental designs like the 2n factorial or the 3n factorial [29]. The BBD is preferred for its efficiency in reducing the number of experiments required, making it less complex, costly, and time-consuming. When comparing the number of experiments to the coefficients, Ferreira et al. [30] demonstrated that the BBD performs marginally better than other designs in terms of efficiency. In addition to this, the BBD has the advantage of avoiding extreme factor combinations, which might potentially result in unfavourable effects. The BBD that was utilised in this investigation allocated three levels to three different factors: high (+1), low (−1), and centre (0). These levels were determined by the temperature, residence time, and stirring speed. The total number of experiments (N) in a BBD can be calculated using Equation (4):
N = k 2 + k + r
where N is the total number of runs in the experiment, k is the number of factors, and r is the number of times the centre point trials are repeated. The result is fifteen experimental runs when there are three factors, three levels, and three repeats of the centre point (r = 3).
The levels for each factor were determined based on a balance between the capabilities of the experimental equipment and the need to create an effective response surface. To understand the relationship between the selected independent variables and the response (bio-oil yield), a second-order polynomial equation is typically used in BBD, as represented by Equation (5):
Y = α 0 + α 1 X 1 + α 2 X 2 + α 3 X 3 + α 1,2 X 1 X 2 + α 1,3 X 1 X 3 + α 2,3 X 2 X 3 + α 1,1 X 1 2 + α 2,2 X 2 2 + α 3,3 X 3 2
In this equation, Y represents the response (percentage of bio-oil); α 0 is the constant regression coefficient; α 1 , α 2 , and α 3 are the coefficients for linear, quadratic, and interaction effects [31,32]; and X 1 , X 2 , and X 3 represent the coded independent factors.

2.4. Methods for Characterization and Quantitative Analysis

2.4.1. Characterization of Seaweed

In order to determine the amount of moisture, volatile matter, fixed carbon, and ash that were present in seaweed samples, a proximate analysis was performed on them. Under a nitrogen environment, samples of A. nodosum weighing between 5 and 15 mg were analyzed using a Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) in accordance with the Australian standard AS 1038.3-2000 [33]. An examination was performed. In order to determine the amount of volatile matter, the temperature was gradually increased to 550 °C at a rate of 5 °C per minute, and the amount of weight loss was tracked. Burning the leftover material after it had been decomposed allowed for the determination of the ash content.
Furthermore, a Vario Micro Cube CHNS analyzer was utilized in order to carry out the final analysis, which was carried out in accordance with the Australian standard AS1038.6.4 [34]. Quantification of the quantities of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulphur that were found in the seaweed samples was the purpose of this analysis. Using an oxygen-bomb calorimeter and according to the ASTM standard D4809 [35], the higher heating value (HHV) was accurately established.

2.4.2. Analytical Statistics

The study employed Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) to statistically analyze the results from the response surface methodology (RSM) optimization. This analysis helped identify the most effective treatments. The bio-oil yield’s actual and predicted values were derived from experiments and Minitab software (version 21.1.0), respectively. In order to determine whether or not the model was statistically suitable, ANOVA utilized a number of different factors. For the purpose of determining the significance of the F and p values, which played an important part in determining the link between bio-oil yield and a variety of independent variables, a p value that was less than 0.05 indicated that the association was statistically significant. Additional verification of the model’s dependability was carried out by employing correlation coefficients such as R2, R2(R2pred), R2(R2adj), and degrees of freedom. The generation of three-dimensional surface and contour plots was conducted in order to highlight the interaction impacts of separate process parameters on the production of bio-oil.

2.4.3. Bio-Oil Characterization

Utilizing Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), we conducted a detailed analysis of pyrolysis oil samples to identify various functional groups. In order to make use of the Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) approach, a Perkin Elmer FTIR/ATR spectrum analyzer with a resolution of 1 cm−1 was utilized. The matrix material that was utilised was Potassium Bromide. The investigation covered a wave number range from 4000 to 400 cm−1, and spectroscopic information was obtained by measuring the transmission of infrared photons via the sample chamber.
To quantitatively analyze oils obtained from the pyrolysis of various wastes, a Varian CP3800 mass spectrometry detector was used in conjunction with GC-MS. Each waste type necessitated a distinct oil sample, which was filtered and diluted with a methanol solvent solution (v/v ratio of 1:5). The GC-MS instrument was then supplied with a microliter of the diluted sample, and compound identification was achieved by matching peaks in the spectra to those in the NIST database. This comprehensive investigation enabled the precise determination of the chemical composition of the obtained pyrolysis oils.
The chemical makeup of the pyrolysis oil was further identified using a Flash 2000 Elemental Analyzer, providing accurate results. This equipment was sourced from the manufacturer company thermo fisher scientific, Waltham, MA, USA. Following the ASTM D5291 standard [36], percentages of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur, and oxygen were estimated by placing a small quantity of oil in a quartz reactor filled with helium and oxygen. Rapid combustion occurred due to high temperatures, leading to the creation of various substances. Via separation on a chromatographic column and examination using a conductivity detector, the proportions of each component were determined with precision using a specialized program.
To gauge the viability of the produced oil as a potential fuel source, its physicochemical attributes were meticulously analyzed. The study adhered to the ASTM D7052 [37] and D4052 [38] standards to assess kinematic viscosity and density, respectively. The oil’s pH was ascertained following the ASTM E70 protocol [39], utilizing an Omega DP24-pH meter. Water content determination hinged on the centrifuge sigma method, in alignment with the ASTM D2709 standard [40]. Lastly, the calorific value of the procured pyrolysis oil was gauged using an oxygen-bomb calorimeter, adhering to the ASTM D4809 method [35]. These properties, along with the standards and measuring tools, are listed in Table 1.

3. Results

3.1. Characterization of Seaweed

In the study, the seaweed’s suitability as a feedstock for bio-oil production via pyrolysis was assessed via proximate and ultimate analyses. These analyses are critical in evaluating a solid material’s potential as a fuel source, where materials with high volatile matter and low ash and sulphur content are deemed ideal [41].
The proximate analysis revealed that the seaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) had a high volatile matter content of 64.00%, suggesting its strong potential for bio-oil production. Volatile matter is crucial as it decomposes and evaporates at high temperatures, forming a range of chemicals, some of which can be condensed into liquid energy products [42]. The seaweed also exhibited low moisture content (<13%), which is favourable as high moisture levels can reduce energy content and accelerate feedstock degradation during pyrolysis [43].
The ultimate analysis showed that the seaweed had a carbon content of 45.8%, hydrogen of 7.30%, nitrogen of 0.92%, sulphur of 1.54%, and oxygen of 44.44%. The high carbon and hydrogen content indicates a higher potential heating value for the produced bio-oil. In contrast, lower nitrogen and sulphur levels are beneficial as they reduce the risk of NOx and SOx emissions, common pollutants associated with burning fuels [44]. The higher heating value (HHV) of the seaweed was found to be 18.90 MJ/kg, comparable to similar biomass types like Microalgae (Cladophora sp.) [45] and Macroalgae (Sargassum tenerrimum) [46].
Additionally, the seaweed’s ash content (12.8%) suggests a lower potential for acid formation in the resulting bio-oil, which can lead to reduced production of syngas and biochar. This ash content, along with the fixed carbon content (10.8%), further supports the suitability of seaweed as a pyrolysis feedstock. The proximate analysis data for seaweed align well with results obtained for similar algal feedstocks like Cladophora (Microalgae), Ulva prolifera (Macroalgae), Sargassum tenerrimum (Macroalgae), and Isochrysis (Microalgae) [47,48]. A comparison between the properties of seaweed and the properties of other microalgae and macroalgae found in the literature is presented in Table 2.

3.2. Statistical Analysis of Developed Model

The purpose of this study was to conduct a statistical analysis on a model that was developed with the intention of increasing the amount of bio-oil that can be extracted from seaweed via the process of thermal pyrolysis. In the research project, the response surface methodology (RSM) was utilised in conjunction with the Box–Behnken design (BBD), and there was a total of fifteen experimental passes. Temperature (A), residence time (B), and stirring speed (C) were the three elements that were the primary focus of the experiments. The yield of bio-oil was the outcome that was assessed as a result of these investigations. The experiments and their corresponding yields of pyrolysis products are summarized in Table 3.
From Table 3, it is seen that the third run of these experiments resulted in the highest bio-oil production, which was 42.93 wt.%, while the tenth run generated the lowest yield, which was 35.71 wt.%. A graphical representation in Figure 2 compares the predicted and experimental bio-oil yields with a 45-degree line depicting predicted values and discrete data points showing actual yields. This comparison demonstrates a close match between predicted and actual values, suggesting the model’s accuracy in forecasting bio-oil yields.
The correlation between the variables and the bio-oil yield is represented by the polynomial equation (Equation (6)):
Y b i o o i l w t % = 33.36 + 0.2980 A + 0.0512 B + 1.158 C 0.000341 A 2 0.001183 B 2 0.08688 C 2 + 0.000161 A B + 0.000720 A + 0.00313 B C
To evaluate the statistical fit of the model, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was conducted. The ANOVA results, shown in Table 4, revealed a p-value of less than 0.0000 and a high F-value of 58.29, both indicating strong statistical support for the model. Model terms with a p-value below 0.05, including A, B, C, A2, B2, C2, AB, and BC, are considered significant in this context.
The agreement between the predicted R2pred and R2adj coefficients of determination was found to be satisfactory, with values of 0.8609 and 0.9736, respectively. This agreement is important as it indicates that the model reliably predicts the experimental outcomes. According to the literature, a difference of less than 0.2 between these two values is indicative of a reasonable agreement [51]. This close alignment between the predicted and adjusted R2 values further validates the model’s effectiveness in optimizing the bio-oil yield from seaweed via thermal pyrolysis. Predicted and actual yield of bio-oil (%) is shown in Figure 2.

3.3. Process Parameter Interactions on Bio-Oil Yield

Firstly, the interaction between temperature and residence time was analyzed at a fixed stirring speed of 10 rpm (as shown in Figure 3). It was observed that as both residence time and temperature increased, the bio-oil yield initially rose to a peak before eventually decreasing. Higher temperatures enhance the formation of volatiles, but beyond a certain point, these volatiles start to crack into gases like H2, CH4, and CO [52]. Similarly, an extended residence time promotes crosslinking and repolymerization reactions, favouring biochar formation over bio-oil [53].
Statistical analysis using ANOVA (detailed in Table 4) revealed significant effects for both temperature and residence time. This was evident from the F-values of 39.33 for temperature and 9.37 for residence time and their squared terms having F-values of 332.80 and 32.44, respectively. The p-values for these terms were all found to be under 0.05, indicating their statistical significance in maximizing bio-oil yield. However, the interaction term between temperature and stirring speed (AC) was found to be insignificant, with a p-value of 0.101.
Following that, an evaluation was conducted to determine the impact that temperature and stirring rate have on the amount of bio-oil that is produced, all the while ensuring that the residence duration remains constant at 60 min. (shown in Figure 4). The findings indicated an increase in bio-oil yield with temperature until a specific point, after which secondary cracking of volatiles reduced bio-oil yield. Additionally, an increase in stirring speed positively influenced bio-oil yield due to improved heat transfer [54]. ANOVA results confirmed the significance of both temperature and stirring speed, with F-values of 39.33 and 7.17, respectively, and p-values below 0.05 indicate statistical significance. Consequently, the pyrolysis process is significantly more influenced by temperature than by stirring speed. Again, the interaction term (AC) between the two variables was found to be non-significant.
Finally, the effect of residence time and stirring speed was examined at a constant temperature of 450 °C (as depicted in Figure 5). The optimal bio-oil yield was achieved at a stirring speed of 10 rpm and a moderate residence time range (40–90 min). Statistical analysis validated the significance of both the individual and squared terms related to residence time and stirring speed, as well as their interaction, in achieving maximum bio-oil yield.

3.4. Bio-Oil Yield Process Parameter Validation

Using the Design Expert software (version 12) over a hundred potential settings were evaluated based on the criteria outlined in the study (in Table 5). Among these, the optimal conditions were identified: a temperature of 463.13 °C, a residence time of 65.7576 min, and a stirring speed of 9.7474 rpm, projected to yield 42.947 wt.% bio-oil.
However, due to the practical limitations of the laboratory equipment, slight adjustments were made to these settings for the actual experiments. The implemented conditions were a temperature of 463 °C, a residence time of 66 min, and a stirring speed of 9.80 rpm. Despite these minor deviations, the experimental results closely matched the software’s predictions, as detailed in Table 6. The observed error margin between the experimental and predicted bio-oil yields was minimal, at just 0.93%. This low error rate affirmed the reliability of the model used for the optimization.
To ensure the validity of these findings, the experiments were replicated three times, averaging a bio-oil yield of 42.98%. This consistency in results further supports the effectiveness of the identified optimal conditions for producing bio-oil via the thermal pyrolysis of marine biomass. The close alignment of the experimental outcomes with the predictive model highlights the precision and reliability of the optimization process employed in this study.

3.5. Optimal Bio-Oil Production Characteristics

3.5.1. Physicochemical and Elemental Properties Analysis

From Table 7 in the study, the bio-oil obtained from seaweed exhibits a carbon content of 59.45%, as noted in the observation., which falls within the typical range of 55% to 60% for bio-oils produced from seaweed pyrolysis, as reported in previous studies [55]. This alignment with established ranges indicates the effectiveness of the pyrolysis process used in this study.
Although it is a bit lower than the normal range of 35–40% for pyrolysis oil obtained from waste biomass, the oxygen content of the bio-oil was measured at 32.17%. This figure is still rather close to the standard range [56]. For the purpose of determining the calorific value of bio-oil, the oxygen concentration is an extremely important factor. In spite of the fact that there has been an increase in the oxygen content in comparison to the original seaweed, it is absolutely necessary to perform additional reductions in the oxygen content in order for the bio-oil to become a viable source of fuel sources.
Furthermore, the bio-oil comprises 7.63% hydrogen and 0.73% nitrogen. It is important to highlight that, according to the elemental analysis, no sulphur was identified in the bio-oil. The existence of nitrogen and sulphur in bio-oil is typically deemed undesirable due to the potential emission of NOX and SOX gases during combustion, posing environmental hazards [57]. The nitrogen and sulphur levels present in bio-oil are primarily influenced by their concentrations in the initial feedstock. The enhanced elemental characteristics observed in the bio-oil, as opposed to the feedstock, indicate substantial chemical reactions taking place during the seaweed pyrolysis process.
These findings are consistent with the literature on bio-oils derived from similar types of waste materials, such as microalgae [58], macadamia nutshells [59], and cashew nutshells [60]. This comparison not only validates the results of this study but also provides a broader context within the field of bio-oil production from various biomasses.
Table 7. The elemental composition of bio-oil derived from seaweed under optimal conditions was compared with information available in the literature.
Table 7. The elemental composition of bio-oil derived from seaweed under optimal conditions was compared with information available in the literature.
ElementsSeaweed Microalgae [58]Macadamia Nutshell [59]Cashew Nutshell [60]
Carbon (wt.%)59.4574.6659.2769.5
Hydrogen (wt.%)7.6310.577.318.3
Nitrogen (wt.%)0.737.130.210.6
Sulphur (wt.%)0.010.81-0.03
Oxygen a (wt.%)32.176.8133.2121.57
a By difference.
The quality of bio-oil derived from seaweed (A. nodosum) via optimized pyrolysis was assessed by analyzing its physicochemical properties. These properties were compared to those reported in the literature for similar feedstocks, as well as to the standards set for various types of industrial and engine fuels, such as ASTM-Grade G oil used in industrial burners [61], ASTM-Grade D oil for small commercial boilers [62], heavy fuel oil for marine diesel engines [63], and light fuel oil for different internal combustion engines [64]. This comparison is crucial to determine if the bio-oil produced aligns with previous findings and meets the standards for use as engine fuel. The physicochemical characteristics of bio-oil derived from seaweed (A. nodosum) is shown in Table 8.
Two crucial characteristics of engine fuel, namely kinematic viscosity and density, play a substantial role in impacting the performance of the engine. Kinematic viscosity affects the atomization and spray characteristics of the fuel, with high viscosity potentially impairing fuel injector performance. Density influences engine efficiency and combustion characteristics. The bio-oil obtained in this study showed a kinematic viscosity of 12.01 Cst and a density of 1.19 g/cc, aligning with findings from studies on bio-oils derived from macadamia nutshells [59] and microalgae [65]. These values are comparable to standard engine fuels, but further improvement is needed for practical applications.
Another vital characteristic of engine fuel is its pH level. Ideally, fuel should have a neutral pH for safe storage and transport. However, the bio-oil produced in this study exhibited a low pH value, indicating its acidic nature, which poses a challenge for its use in engines. This result corroborates with the findings of DeSisto et al. [66], Thangalazhy-Gopakumar et al. [67], and Salehi et al. [68], where similar feedstocks were used for bio-oil production. Despite the consistency with the existing literature, the acidic nature of the bio-oil derived in this study renders it unsuitable for use as an engine fuel.
The moisture that is present in the feedstock and the water that is produced during the pyrolysis process are the two key sources that contribute to the water content of bio-oil, which is an essential component that plays a significant role in determining its qualities [69]. In this research, the bio-oil obtained from seaweed was determined to have a water content of 23.72%. This percentage of water content corresponds with the oxygen concentration identified in elemental analysis, consistent with the results reported in previous literature [70,71,72].
The calorific value of bio-oil is notably influenced by the presence of water. In this investigation, the bio-oil generated displayed a moderate calorific value measuring 29.11 MJ/kg, a value that is comparatively lower than that of traditional commercial fuels. The calorific value aligns with the carbon concentration and moisture levels found in the bio-oil. Typically, an elevated carbon content and reduced water content in bio-oil lead to an increased calorific value, given that less energy is needed to vaporize the water [73]. Additionally, the temperature at which pyrolysis takes place is a significant factor in determining the amount of water that is present. Because of the secondary breaking of bio-oil, increased pyrolysis temperatures lead to the generation of additional water. This increases the amount of water that is produced. The calorific value of the bio-oil is eventually decreased as a consequence of this particular outcome [22].
The seaweed (A. nodosum)-derived bio-oil that was created under optimal conditions for the purpose of this inquiry is now inappropriate for use in engines due to the physicochemical properties that were discovered. In spite of this, it is demonstrated to be a feasible solution for heating applications in boilers or furnaces. There is a variety of enhancing techniques that may be performed in order to make this bio-oil suitable for engine applications. One of the processes involved is hydrodeoxygenation, which enhances the stability of bio-oil by eliminating compounds containing oxygen [74]; catalytic cracking, which is a process that involves the use of a catalyst in order to turn heavy fractions of bio-oil into lighter fractions [75]; distillation, which, in order to produce fuel products such as petrol, kerosene, and diesel, is a technique that separates various components by making use of the distinctive boiling temperatures of those components [76]; esterification, which reduces viscosity and acidity by reacting bio-oil with acid catalysts and alcohol [77]; and emulsification, which improves bio-oil quality by blending it with an emulsifier and engine fuel to reduce viscosity and increase calorific value [78]. These upgrading processes are crucial for enhancing the bio-oil’s properties, making it a more versatile and applicable energy source.

3.5.2. FTIR Analysis

The FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) analysis of the bio-oil sample, obtained under optimized conditions, provides critical insights into its chemical composition by identifying various functional groups of the compounds present. This analysis is depicted in Figure 6, with the corresponding data presented in Table 9.
The FTIR spectrum shows O−H stretching vibrations in the range of 3200 to 3400 cm−1, confirming the presence of phenols and alcohols. These compounds are crucial for the bio-oil’s stability, as they prevent oxidation when exposed to air. This characteristic is especially relevant for preserving the quality of bio-oil during storage and handling [79]. Stretching vibrations of C=O, observed between 1350 and 1650 cm−1, indicate the presence of ketones and aldehydes [26]. The existence of aldehydes, however, may negatively impact the stability of bio-oil, as they tend to reduce its preservation capabilities [80]. The C−H stretching vibrations between 2900 and 3000 cm−1, along with C−H deformation vibrations in the range of 1450 to 1550 cm−1, suggest the presence of alkane groups in the bio-oil [81]. Peaks between 1800 and 2000 cm−1 are indicative of C=C stretching vibrations, confirming the presence of alkenes. Additionally, absorption peaks between 1240 and 1340 cm−1 are characteristic of aromatic groups [51]. The presence of these groups suggests that bio-oil has the potential to form liquid hydrocarbons, which is significant for various applications [82].
The FTIR analysis effectively demonstrates that while the intensity of absorption bands may vary, their locations remain consistent. This consistency is crucial for the quick classification of different chemical compounds present in the bio-oil. For a more detailed and quantitative analysis of these compounds, techniques like GC−MS can be employed [83]. The combination of FTIR and GC−MS analyses provides a comprehensive understanding of the bio-oil’s composition, which is essential for determining its suitability for various applications.

3.5.3. GC–MS Analysis

The GC−MS analysis is a crucial technique employed in this study to identify the chemical composition of bio-oil produced from seaweed (A. nodosum) under optimal pyrolysis conditions. In GC-MS, each chemical compound detected in the bio-oil sample is represented by a peak in the GC−MS spectra. These peaks are quantified based on their area, expressed as a percentage of the total peak area, which sums to 100%. However, due to the extensive range of compounds detected (over a thousand peaks), this study focuses on compounds with large peak areas (greater than 0.2%) and with more than 80% similarity in their spectral profiles.
To ensure reliability, the experiments were replicated, and the peak areas were averaged. This approach confirms the consistency of the detected compounds across different runs. The key findings from the GC−MS analysis are summarized in Table 10 of the study. Notably, due to the limitation of the GC−MS apparatus, which operates at a maximum oven temperature of 200 °C, some heavier compounds that boil at temperatures up to 463 °C (the pyrolysis temperature) went undetected.
Significant findings include the detection of benzene and toluene, with peak areas of 1.76% and 1.58%, respectively, identified at specific retention times (7.17 and 9.87 min). These compounds are crucial in gasoline production, indicating the potential of bio-oil in generating liquid hydrocarbons. Phenolic compounds like phenol and 4-methoxyphenol, likely derived from the decomposition of lignin in seaweed, were also prominent, noted at 16.39 and 19.27 min. Their high concentration in bio-oil contributes to its stability and resistance to oxidation.
Furthermore, the bio-oil contains acidic compounds such as acetic acid and methyl 2-oxopropanoate, with peak areas of 1.09% and 0.69%, respectively, found at 13.49 and 29.39 min. These acids are valuable in producing various chemicals, including esters, vinyl acetate monomers, and vinegar. Additionally, the presence of alkanes and alkenes, key components in gasoline and the chemical industry, was noted. However, extracting these valuable components from bio-oil requires highly effective separation and purification techniques to transform them into value-added products.
These findings, particularly the identification of key compounds like benzene, toluene, and phenolic compounds, emphasize the potential of bio-oil from seaweed pyrolysis as a source of valuable chemicals and fuel components. The study suggests the need for further research into refining and purifying these compounds to enhance the commercial viability of bio-oil.
The GC–MS analysis of the bio-oil produced from seaweed (A. nodosum) revealed a diverse range of chemical compounds categorized into 11 functional groups (in Table 10). This analysis highlights the presence of a wide array of phenolic, aromatic (including single-ring, polycyclic, and oxygenated), and oxygenated compounds, as well as hydrocarbons in the bio-oil.
A significant finding is the abundance of aromatic compounds in the bio-oil. These compounds are economically and environmentally valuable due to their potential applications in various industries, making the aromatic functional group a key component of the bio-oil [84]. The presence of moderate amounts of oxygenated compounds in the bio-oil, however, poses certain challenges. High concentrations of these compounds can lead to issues like poor storage stability, increased acidity, and a decrease in energy density and calorific value of the fuel [85]. This is because oxygenated compounds tend to be less energy-dense compared to hydrocarbons.
Furthermore, the bio-oil contains acidic compounds which can catalyze polymerization reactions during condensation. These reactions are driven by volatile functional groups and free oligomer radicals present in the bio-oil, leading to severe aging issues and limiting its suitability as engine fuel [86]. Additionally, these acidic compounds can degrade storage tanks and transportation lines, posing challenges for the long-term storage and transport of bio-oil [55]. The presence of nitrogen and oxygenated compounds in the bio-oil indicates a need for refining to remove these undesirable elements. This refining process is crucial to enhance the quality of the bio-oils, making them suitable as replacements for engine fuels.
Lastly, the bio-oil also contains hydrocarbons, but their quantity tends to decrease at higher pyrolysis temperatures (above 450 °C). This reduction is attributed to the breaking of weak C–H bonds at these higher temperatures, which adversely affects the relative quality of hydrocarbon materials in the bio-oil [87]. This underscores the importance of optimizing the pyrolysis temperature to balance the yield and quality of the desired compounds in the bio-oil.

4. Conclusions

This study successfully employed a batch reactor for seaweed pyrolysis in a nitrogen atmosphere, optimizing the process to enhance bio-oil production. Key variables, including temperature, residence time, and stirring speed, were systematically varied using response surface methodology (RSM) combined with the Box–Behnken design (BBD). The BBD proved effective in mapping the relationship between these variables and bio-oil yield, with high reliability indicated by an R2 value of 0.9926. The analysis revealed that temperature is the most significant factor influencing bio-oil production. The optimal conditions for maximum bio-oil yield were identified as a temperature of 463.13 °C, a residence time of 65.75 min, and a stirring speed of 9.74 rpm. Under these conditions, a bio-oil yield of 42.94 wt% was achieved, closely aligning with the experimental results. The characterization of the bio-oil derived from seaweed at these optimum conditions showed a diverse range of compounds, including phenolics, aromatics, oxygenates, and hydrocarbons, with phenolics being the most prevalent. The bio-oil’s high viscosity (12.01 Cst) and water content (23.72%) limit its direct use in engines but make it suitable for heating applications in boilers and furnaces. Moreover, it shows promise as a source of valuable chemicals, particularly when used as an additive. The potential for upgrading the bio-oil to broaden its application scope, especially in engines, is an area for future exploration.

Author Contributions

Z.I.R. was responsible for conducting the experiments, performing data analysis, interpreting the data scientifically by constructing logical arguments, and drafting the manuscript. M.G.R. acted as the supervisor and corresponding author. M.I.J. and M.M.H. supervised the project and reviewed the manuscript. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


This research received no external funding.

Data Availability Statement

Data is contained within the article.


I declare that this study was carried out for my Master of Research program at CQUniversity.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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Figure 1. A schematic diagram illustrating the pyrolysis batch reactor system employed in the present study.
Figure 1. A schematic diagram illustrating the pyrolysis batch reactor system employed in the present study.
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Figure 2. Predicted and actual bio-oil (%) yield.
Figure 2. Predicted and actual bio-oil (%) yield.
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Figure 3. (a) The interactive three-dimensional (3D) surface, and (b) the contour plot representing the synergistic impact of temperature and residence time on bio-oil yield, with a fixed stirring speed set at 10 revolutions per minute (rpm).
Figure 3. (a) The interactive three-dimensional (3D) surface, and (b) the contour plot representing the synergistic impact of temperature and residence time on bio-oil yield, with a fixed stirring speed set at 10 revolutions per minute (rpm).
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Figure 4. (a) The three-dimensional surface and (b) contour plot depict the interactive influence of temperature and stirring speed on bio-oil yield, with a fixed residence time of 60 min.
Figure 4. (a) The three-dimensional surface and (b) contour plot depict the interactive influence of temperature and stirring speed on bio-oil yield, with a fixed residence time of 60 min.
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Figure 5. (a) Generating a three-dimensional surface and (b) creating a contour plot to illustrate the interactive impact of residence time and stirring speed on bio-oil yield at a consistent temperature of 450 °C.
Figure 5. (a) Generating a three-dimensional surface and (b) creating a contour plot to illustrate the interactive impact of residence time and stirring speed on bio-oil yield at a consistent temperature of 450 °C.
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Figure 6. FTIR spectra of bio-oil derived from A. nodosum under optimal conditions.
Figure 6. FTIR spectra of bio-oil derived from A. nodosum under optimal conditions.
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Table 1. Physicochemical characteristics, ASTM specifications, and analytical instruments employed in the assessment of bio-oil.
Table 1. Physicochemical characteristics, ASTM specifications, and analytical instruments employed in the assessment of bio-oil.
Measuring ToolPropertiesASTM Standard
Stabinger Viscometer SVM 3000Kinematic viscosityD7042
Density meter DM40 Mettler ToledoDensityD4052
Omega DP24-pH meterpHE70
Flash 2000 Elemental AnalyzerElemental analysisD5291
Centrifuge sigmaWater contentD1744
Oxygen-bomb calorimeterCalorific valueD4809
Table 2. Dried seaweed properties compared to the literature.
Table 2. Dried seaweed properties compared to the literature.
AnalysisPropertiesSeaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum)Macroalgae (U. prolifera) [47]Microalgae (Cladophora) [49]Macroalgae (Sargassum tenerrimum) [48]Microalgae (Isochrysis) [50]
Volatile matter64.077.356.3061.579.79
Fixed carbon10.84.46.326.311.63
HHV (MJ/kg) 18.9029.8014.5322.423.52
Table 3. Actual bio-oil yield, experimental design matrix, and prediction.
Table 3. Actual bio-oil yield, experimental design matrix, and prediction.
DOE#Parameters/FactorsBio-Oil Yield (%)
Temperature (°C)Residence Time (min)Stirring Speed (rpm)ActualPredicted
1350 (−1)30 (−1)10 (0)37.7537.67
2350 (−1)60 (0)5 (−1)36.8337.17
3450 (0)60 (0)10 (0)42.9342.85
4450 (0)90 (1)5 (−1)39.8939.87
5450 (0)30 (−1)15 (1)38.3938.41
6550 (1)60 (0)15 (1)38.4238.08
7450 (0)60 (0)10 (0)42.6542.85
8450 (0)60 (0)10 (0)42.9242.85
9550 (1)60 (0)5 (−1)38.138.04
10350 (−1)60 (0)15 (1)35.7135.77
11350 (−1)90 (1)10 (0)37.837.48
12450 (0)30 (−1)5 (−1)40.2940.03
13550 (1)90 (1)10 (0)39.9640.04
14450 (0)90 (1)15 (1)39.8740.13
15550 (1)30 (−1)10 (0)37.9838.3
Table 4. Quadratic model (ANOVA) for the production of bio-oil.
Table 4. Quadratic model (ANOVA) for the production of bio-oil.
Remarkp ValueF ValueSourceDegree of FreedomSum of SquaresMean of Squares
Not significant0.1014.02AC10.51840.5184
Not significant0.1356.59Lack-of-fit30.58560.1952
Pure error20.05930.0296
R2 = 0.9926; R2pred = 0.8609; R2adj = 0.9736
Table 5. Optimization independent/dependent parameter range.
Table 5. Optimization independent/dependent parameter range.
ParametersLower LimitUpper LimitObjective
Temperature (°C)350550In range
Residence time (min)3090In range
Stirring speed (rpm)515In range
Bio-oil yield (wt.%)35.7142.93Maximum
Table 6. Optimized bio-oil yields from experiments and predictions.
Table 6. Optimized bio-oil yields from experiments and predictions.
RunTemperature (°C)Residence Time (s)Stirring Speed (rpm)Bio-Oil Yield (wt.%)Error
Table 8. The physicochemical characteristics of bio-oil derived from seaweed (A. nodosum) when compared to bio-oil produced from similar raw materials and conventional fuels.
Table 8. The physicochemical characteristics of bio-oil derived from seaweed (A. nodosum) when compared to bio-oil produced from similar raw materials and conventional fuels.
Fuel Standard and ReferencesKinematic Viscosity @40 °C (Cst)Density @30 °C (g/cc)pHWater Content (wt%)Calorific Value (MJ/kg)
Seaweed (12.01)Seaweed (1.19)Seaweed (3.7)Seaweed (23.72)Seaweed (29.11)
ASTM Grade G [61]Maximum 1251.1–1.3Maximum 30Minimum 15
ASTM Grade D [62]Maximum 1251.1–1.3Maximum 30Minimum 15
Heavy fuel oil [63]180–4200.99–0.995~040.6
Light fuel oil [64]2–4.5maximum 0.845~042.6
Table 9. The list of functional groups present in spectra obtained from seaweed (A. nodosum).
Table 9. The list of functional groups present in spectra obtained from seaweed (A. nodosum).
Functional GroupRange of Wavenumbers (cm−1)Nature of Vibration (St/Bd)
Phenol3200–3400 O–H stretching
Alcohol3200–3400 O–H stretching
C–H stretching
C–H bending
Ketone1350–1450 C=O stretching
Aldehyde1600–1650C=O stretching
EsterC=O stretching
C=C stretching
C–H bending
Aromatic1240–1340 C–H stretching
Carboxylic acid970–1030 C–O stretching
Table 10. Under ideal conditions, the following is a list of chemical components that can be found in bio-oil that is generated from seaweed (A. nodosum).
Table 10. Under ideal conditions, the following is a list of chemical components that can be found in bio-oil that is generated from seaweed (A. nodosum).
Chemical CompoundMolecular FormulaRetention Time (min)Peak Area (%)
Acetic acidC2H4O213.491.09
Methyl 2-oxopropanoateC4H6O329.390.69
Heptane, 4-methyl-C8H189.810.54
Octane, 2,3,7-trimethyl-C11H2417.360.59
Nonane, 2,6-dimethyl-C11H2417.490.39
1-decene C10H2016.79 1.17
1-Undecene, 7-methyl-C12H2419.500.562
2-Undecene, 7-methyl-C12H2419.620.543
O-XyleneC6H4(CH3)2 13.840.61
Benzene, 1-ethyl-2-methyl-C9H1216.000.45
Benzene, (1-methyl-2-propynyl)-C11H1421.810.87
Ethyl acetateC4H8O210.110.54
2-oxopropyl acetateC5H8O320.670.59
Furan, 2,5-dimethyl-C6H8O8.120.44
Ethanone, 1-(2-furanyl)-C6H6O214.280.87
Phenol, 4-methyl-CH3C6H4OH19.271.33
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)
Naphthalene, 2-methyl-C11H1025.860.53
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