Catalytic conversion of cellulose over mesoporous y zeolite

Young Kwon Park, Bo Ram Jun, Sung Hoon Park, Jong Ki Jeon, See Hoon Lee, Seong Soo Kim, Kwang Eun Jeong

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Mesoporous Y zeolite (Meso-Y) was applied, for the first time, to the catalytic pyrolysis of cellulose which is a major constituent of lignocellulosic biomass, to produce high-quality bio-oil. A representative mesoporous catalyst Al-MCM-41 was also used to compare its catalytic activity with that of Meso-Y. Pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry was used for the experiments. Meso-Y, with higher acidity, led to larger yields of aromatics and furans with high value-added than Al-MCM- 41, resulting in the production of bio-oil with higher quality. The effect of temperature on the catalytic pyrolysis was not significant within the range of 400-500 °C. When the Meso-Y to cellulose ratio was increased from 1/1 via 2/1 to 3/1, the deoxygenation efficiency increased, leading to increased yield of aromatics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5120-5123
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Bio-Oil
  • Catalytic Pyrolysis
  • Cellulose
  • Mesoporous Y


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