Using in vivo nickel to direct the pyrolysis of hyperaccumulator plant biomass: In vivo nickel to direct the pyrolysis of hyperaccumulator plant biomass

Alisa Doroshenko, Vitaliy Budarin, Robert McElroy, Andrew J. Hunt, Elizabeth Rylott, Christopher Anderson, Mark Waterland, James Clark*

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The effects of naturally occurring nickel in hyperaccumulator plants used for phytoremediation of contaminated soils on the microwave (MW) biomass pyrolysis are described for the first time. The presence of natural nickel appears to protect the hemicellulose component of the plant leading to 3 times lower yields of bio-gas and increased quantities of bio-char. The composition of the bio-oil is also affected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1236-1240
Number of pages5
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number6
Early online date10 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2019

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Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge the financial support of the New Zealand Government through the MBIE Catalyst Fund Global Strategic Partnerships Programme ‘Phytocat: high-value products from metal-rich biomass’ (MAUX1508) and the assistance of the Dr Antony Van der Ent of the University of Queensland, Australia in the field collection of hyperaccumula-tor species.

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