Catalytic pyrolysis of polypropylene over Ga loaded HZSM-5

Sumin Pyo, Young Min Kim, Youna Park, Seul Bee Lee, Kyung Seun Yoo, Moonis Ali Khan, Byong Hun Jeon, Yong Jun Choi, Gwang Hoon Rhee, Young Kwon Park

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The effect of catalyst structure, acidity, and Ga addition of zeolites on the pyrolysis of polypropylene (PP) was investigated by comparing PP cracking efficiency and product distribution properties in this study. Thermogravimetric analysis result indicated that HY(SiO2/Al2O3; 30) is the most effective catalyst lowering PP decomposition temperature, followed by Ga/HZSM-5(30), HZSM-5(30), HZSM-5(80), and HZSM-5(280). Meanwhile, Ga/HZSM-5(30) revealed the lowest apparent activation energy (Ea), 110 kJ/mol, than HY(30) (159 kJ/mol), and other HZSM-5 catalysts (122 ~ 172 kJ/mol), suggesting its high efficiency lowering Ea on PP pyrolysis. Py-GC/MS results also suggested that Ga/HZSM-5 produces the largest amount of aromatic hydrocarbons, followed by HZSM-5(30), HZSM-5(80), HY(30), and HZSM-5(280). The increase of Ga/HZSM-5(30) amount on PP pyrolysis led the further decrease of Ea value and increase of aromatics production efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-141
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
StatePublished - 25 Nov 2021


  • Catalytic pyrolysis
  • Ga/HZSM-5
  • Kinetic analysis
  • Polypropylene
  • Pyrolyzer-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry


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