The role of catalysis in fast pyrolysis

01 September 2009 → 30 June 2014
Ghent University funding
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Catalysis and reacting systems engineering
    • Chemical product design and formulation
    • General chemical and biochemical engineering
    • Process engineering
    • Separation and membrane technologies
    • Transport phenomena
    • Other (bio)chemical engineering
fast pyrolysis biomass catalysts bio fuel
Project description

The main product of fast pyrolysis of biomass is pyrolysis oil. This oil is chemically very complex, highly oxygenated, has a high water content and a low pH. These properties prevent the direct use of this oil as transportation fuel. Within this project, possible ways to upgrade the oil by means of catalysts are investigated.