Valorisation of bio-oil resulting from fast pyrolysis of woodValorisation of bio-oil resulting from fast pyrolysis of wood
Vanderauwera, Paul F.L.P.
Faculty of Applied Engineering Sciences
Advanced Reactor Technology (ART)
Bio-Chemical Green Engineering & Materials (BioGEM)
Engineering sciences. Technology
Chemicke zvesti. - Bratislava
68(2014):9, p. 1205-1212
University of Antwerp
Bio-oil resulting from the pyrolysis of lignocellulose is a complex mixture of polar low molecular mass oxygenated compounds of various functionalities and non-polar high molecular mass lignin derivatives. Several approaches to the upgrading of bio-oil are currently in progress. This study investigates the valorisation of crude bio-oil using physical and chemical methods. The effects of methanol addition on some properties of the bio-oil are investigated. Stable bio-oil/diesel oil emulsions are produced by the addition of surfactants with a hydrophilic-lipophilic balance value of 56. An alternative approach towards the upgrading of bio-oil is the hydrotreatment of the water-soluble fraction of bio-oil. Two-stage hydroprocessing with noble-metal catalysts Ru/C and Pt/C increases the intrinsic hydrogen content of the water-soluble fraction. The results show that the thermally unstable components including sugars, ketones and aldehydes are readily converted to diols and alcohols at pressures of 5 MPa. These observations can be explained by a set of reaction pathways for the compounds identified.