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Catalytic Cracking of Triglyceride-Rich Biomass toward Lower Olefins over a Nano-ZSM-5/SBA-15 Analog Composite

Vietnam Petroleum Institute, 167 Trung Kinh, Yen Hoa, Cau Giay, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. an der Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Straße 29a, Rostock 18059, Germany
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Catalysts 2015, 5(4), 1692-1703;
Received: 21 August 2015 / Accepted: 30 September 2015 / Published: 10 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Zeolite Catalysis)
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The catalytic cracking of triglyceride-rich biomass toward C2–C4 olefins was evaluated over a hierarchically textured nano-ZSM-5/SBA-15 analog composite (ZSC-24) under fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) conditions. The experiments were performed on a fully automated Single-Receiver Short-Contact-Time Microactivity Test unit (SR-SCT-MAT, Grace Davison) at 550 °C and different catalyst-to-oil mass ratios (0–1.2 g∙g−1). The ZSC-24 catalyst is very effective for transformation of triglycerides to valuable hydrocarbons, particularly lower olefins. The selectivity to C2–C4 olefins is remarkably high (>90%) throughout the investigated catalyst-to-oil ratio range. The superior catalytic performance of the ZSC-24 catalyst can be attributed to the combination of its medium acid site amount and improved molecular transport provided by the bimodal pore system, which effectively suppresses the secondary reactions of primarily formed lower olefins. View Full-Text
Keywords: lower olefins; cracking of triglyceride; ZSM-5; SBA-15; FCC lower olefins; cracking of triglyceride; ZSM-5; SBA-15; FCC

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Vu, X.H.; Nguyen, S.; Dang, T.T.; Phan, B.M.Q.; Nguyen, D.A.; Armbruster, U.; Martin, A. Catalytic Cracking of Triglyceride-Rich Biomass toward Lower Olefins over a Nano-ZSM-5/SBA-15 Analog Composite. Catalysts 2015, 5, 1692-1703.

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