Catalytic pyrolysis of wild reed over a zeolite-based waste catalyst

Myung Lang Yoo, Yong Ho Park, Young Kwon Park, Sung Hoon Park

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Fast catalytic pyrolysis ofwild reedwas carried out at 500 °C. Waste fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst disposed from a petroleum refinery process was activated through acetone-washing and calcination and used as catalyst for pyrolysis. In order to evaluate the catalytic activity of waste FCC catalyst, commercial HY zeolite catalyst with a SiO2/Al2O3 ratio of 5.1 was also used. The bio-oil produced from pyrolysis was analyzed using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). When the biomass-to-catalyst ratio was 1:1, the production of phenolics and aromatics was promoted considerably by catalysis, whereas the content of oxygenates was affected little. Significant conversion of oxygenates to furans and aromatics was observed when the biomass-to-catalyst ratio of 1:10 was used. Activated waste FCC catalyst showed comparable catalytic activity for biomass pyrolysis to HY in terms of the promotion of valuable chemicals, such as furans, phenolics and aromatics. The results of this study imply that waste FCC catalyst can be an important economical resource for producing high-value-added chemicals from biomass.

Original languageEnglish
Article number201
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Bio-oil
  • Fast pyrolysis
  • Waste fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) catalyst
  • Wild reed


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