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

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JournalGreen Chemistry
DateAccepted/In press - 9 Nov 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 10 Nov 2018
DatePublished (current) - 21 Mar 2019
Issue number6
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)1236-1240
Early online date10/11/18
Original languageEnglish


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.

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