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Title: Supported molybdenum oxides as effective catalysts for the catalytic fast pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass

The catalytic fast pyrolysis (CFP) of pine was investigated over 10 wt% MoO 3/TiO 2 and MoO 3/ZrO 2 at 500 °C and H 2 pressures ≤ 0.75 bar. The product distributions were monitored in real time using a molecular beam mass spectrometer (MBMS). Both supported MoO 3 catalysts show different levels of deoxygenation based on the cumulative biomass to MoO 3 mass ratio exposed to the catalytic bed. For biomass to MoO 3 mass ratios <1.5, predominantly olefinic and aromatic hydrocarbons are produced with no detectable oxygen-containing species. For ratios ≥ 1.5, partially deoxygenated species comprised of furans and phenols are observed, with a concomitant decrease of olefinic and aromatic hydrocarbons. For ratios ≥ 5, primary pyrolysis vapours break through the bed, indicating the onset of catalyst deactivation. Product quantification with a tandem micropyrolyzer-GCMS setup shows that fresh supported MoO 3 catalysts convert ca. 27 mol% of the original carbon into hydrocarbons comprised predominantly of aromatics (7 C%), olefins (18 C%) and paraffins (2 C%), comparable to the total hydrocarbon yield obtained with HZSM-5 operated under similar reaction conditions. In conclusion, post-reaction XPS analysis on supported MoO 3/ZrO 2 and MoO 3/TiO 2 catalysts reveal that ca. 50% ofmore » Mo surface species exist in their partially reduced forms (i.e., Mo 5+ and Mo 3+), and that catalyst deactivation is likely associated to coking.« less
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  1. Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Chemical Engineering
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1463-9262; GRCHFJ
Grant/Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308; 1454299
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Green Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 18; Journal Issue: 20; Journal ID: ISSN 1463-9262
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B); National Science Foundation (NSF)
Country of Publication:
United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; biomass; catalytic fast pyrolysis; hydrodeoxygenation; MoO3
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