Pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass for biochemical production

Joo Sik Kim, Gyung Goo Choi

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Biomass pyrolysis is considered as a promising technology of producing valuable biochemicals. Representative chemicals that can be obtained from the pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass include acetic acid, furfural, and phenolic compounds. Acetic acid is primarily generated from the degradation of hemicellulose and partly from the degradation of cellulose and lignin. Furfural is a typical degradation product of hemicellulose, whereas phenolic compounds are the degradation products of lignin. This chapter covers the mechanism of formation of the above-stated chemicals during pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass and presents experimental data for the production of these chemicals via pyrolysis of different lignocellulosic feedstocks under various conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWaste Biorefinery
Subtitle of host publicationPotential and Perspectives
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780444639929
ISBN (Print)9780444639936
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Acetic acid
  • Furfural
  • Lignocellulosic biomass
  • Phenolic compounds
  • Pyrolysis
  • Renewable chemicals


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