Investigation into the lignin decomposition mechanism by analysis of the pyrolysis product of Pinus radiata

Young Min Kim, Jungho Jae, Soyoung Myung, Bong Hyun Sung, Jong In Dong, Young Kwon Park

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Abstract

Lignin pyrolysis chemistry was investigated via the analysis of the products obtained from the fast pyrolysis of a pine wood at different temperatures. Methoxy phenols, such as guaiacols and eugenols, were produced mainly at 375 and 475 °C, while non-methoxy phenols, such as alkyl phenols and pyrocatechols were dominant at 525 and 575 °C. At 575 °C, aromatic hydrocarbons were formed together with larger amounts of light hydrocarbon gases. When the temperature was increased from 375 and 475 °C, the yield of pyrolytic lignin was increased, whereas its average molecular weight was decreased. At 525 °C, smaller molecular pyrolytic lignin with a maximum concentration of phenolic hydroxyl groups was produced due to the increased secondary cracking of the reaction intermediates. On the other hand, at 575 °C, larger molecular pyrolytic lignin with smaller amounts of phenolic hydroxyl groups was produced due to the increased condensation activity of the pyrolysis reaction intermediates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-377
Number of pages7
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume219
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • GPC
  • Lignin
  • NMR
  • Pyrolysis mechanism

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