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Catalytic Effect of Functional and Fe Composite Biochars on Biofuel and Biochemical Derived from the Pyrolysis of Green Marine Biomass

Lar5 Laboratory-Dipertimento di Ingegneria-University of Perugia, via G. Duranti 93, 06125 Perugia, Italy
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Fermentation 2018, 4(4), 96; https://doi.org/10.3390/fermentation4040096
Received: 20 September 2018 / Revised: 29 October 2018 / Accepted: 8 November 2018 / Published: 17 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cultivation and Downstream Processing of Algal Biomass)
This study investigated the behavior of two types of modified biochar (functional and iron composite biochars) as a catalyst regarding their surface chemistry and morphological properties and their effects on bio-product derived from pyrolysis of Cladophora glomerata (C. glomerata) macroalagae. Two catalytic pyrolysis experiments were conducted in 25 mL slow pyrolysis reactor in the presence of biochar-based catalysts at the temperature of 500 °C. For functional biochar, no clear effect on biogas production was observed, whereas iron composite biochar increased the hydrogen content by 7.99 mml/g algae. Iron composite biochar with a 3D network structure demonstrated remarkable catalytic behaviors (especially toward hydrogen production) due to its wonderful surface area, high dispersion of iron particles and particular structures and compositions. The biochar derived marine biomass and treatment process developed here could provide a promising path for the low-cost, efficient, renewable and environmental friendly catalysts. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cladophora glomerata; pyrolysis; 3D iron oxide composite; functional biochar; biofuel Cladophora glomerata; pyrolysis; 3D iron oxide composite; functional biochar; biofuel
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Norouzi, O.; Di Maria, F. Catalytic Effect of Functional and Fe Composite Biochars on Biofuel and Biochemical Derived from the Pyrolysis of Green Marine Biomass. Fermentation 2018, 4, 96.

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