Catalytic upgrading of xylan over mesoporous y catalyst

Seong Soo Kim, Bo Ram Jun, Sung Hoon Park, Jong Ki Jeon, Dong Jin Suh, Tae Wan Kim, Young Kwon Park

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In-situ catalytic cracking of xylan, a model compound of hemicellulose, was carried out using pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry over mesoporous Y for the first time. Experiments were conducted at three different temperatures, 400 °C, 450 °C, and 500 °C, to investigate the effect of reaction temperature. Three different biomass-to-catalyst ratios, 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3, were tested at 500 °C to examine the effect of catalyst dose. In addition, the catalytic activity of mesoporous Y was compared with that of Al-MCM-41. The catalysts used were characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption, temperature programmed desorption of NH3, and X-ray diffraction. The main pyrolysis products of xylan were acids, hydrocarbons, phenolics, oxygenates, aromatics, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Mesoporous Y, which has acid sites with larger quantity and stronger acidity than those of Al-MCM-41, was shown to enhance the quality of bio-oil to a larger extent, producing a larger quantity of high-value-added products, such as aromatics and furans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2925-2930
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Catalytic Pyrolysis
  • Hemicellulose
  • Mesoporous Y Zeolite
  • Py-GC/MS


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