The thermochemical conversion of biomass into high-value products: Microwave pyrolysis

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Title of host publicationEconomic Utilisation of Food Co-Products
DatePublished - 1 Dec 2013
Pages38-63
Number of pages26
EditorsAbbas Kazmi, Peter Shuttleworth
Original languageEnglish

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NameRSC Green Chemistry
ISSN (Print)1757-7039
ISSN (Electronic)1757-7047

Abstract

Microwave heating offers a uniform, rapid, instantaneous, controllable and tuneable method for heating materials and thereby initiating chemical conversions. From the wide range of examples the almost universal appeal of this method can be observed. The major flaws of microwave heating have been turned to advantages. Limited penetration means small continuous reactors can be employed, thereby minimising the inventory of active material means a safer system. The relatively high energy cost is offset by cleaner products in higher yields and in some cases products that could not otherwise be observed.

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