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Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis: A Review

Applied Environmental Science and Technology, School of Engineering, University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, ENGR 201, Anchorage, AK 99508, USA
Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1509 S. Georgeson Drive, Palmer, AK 99645, USA
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Energies 2013, 6(1), 514-538;
Received: 9 November 2012 / Revised: 7 December 2012 / Accepted: 21 December 2012 / Published: 21 January 2013
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Catalytic pyrolysis is a promising thermochemical conversion route for lignocellulosic biomass that produces chemicals and fuels compatible with current, petrochemical infrastructure. Catalytic modifications to pyrolysis bio-oils are geared towards the elimination and substitution of oxygen and oxygen-containing functionalities in addition to increasing the hydrogen to carbon ratio of the final products. Recent progress has focused on both hydrodeoxygenation and hydrogenation of bio-oil using a variety of metal catalysts and the production of aromatics from bio-oil using cracking zeolites. Research is currently focused on developing multi-functional catalysts used in situ that benefit from the advantages of both hydrodeoxygenation and zeolite cracking. Development of robust, highly selective catalysts will help achieve the goal of producing drop-in fuels and petrochemical commodities from wood and other lignocellulosic biomass streams. The current paper will examine these developments by means of a review of existing literature. View Full-Text
Keywords: pyrolysis; bio-oil; catalytic upgrading; fast pyrolysis; multifunctional catalysts; hydrodeoxygenation; zeolites pyrolysis; bio-oil; catalytic upgrading; fast pyrolysis; multifunctional catalysts; hydrodeoxygenation; zeolites

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