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Microwave pyrolysis of biomass

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Publication details

Title of host publicationTechnical Proceedings of the 2011 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2011
DatePublished - 23 Nov 2011
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish


Biomass can be seen as the oil well of the future; a renewable and widely distributed resource that should be increasingly exploited for the production of energy products with environmental, economic and social benefits. [1] One method by which the bio-energy carriers and chemicals can be obtained is through pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is a feedstock agnostic technique capable of deconstructing biopolymers into more useful chemical, gas, bio-oil and bio-char products. Microwave irradiation can interact with different types of biomass at low temperatures by comparison with conventional flash pyrolysis. Building on our original work in pyrolysis and biorefining, [2], [3], [4] studies have continued progressing into ligno-cellulosic components and whole biomasses, mechanistic and process conditions, process measurement, product analysis and scale-up. The aims of the work are to make a commercial scale and economically viable route to chemicals and bioenergy through microwave processing of biomass.

    Research areas

  • Bio-char, Bio-oil, Biomass conversion, Microwave, Pyrolysis

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