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Conversion of lignocellulose to platform chemicals using a fluidised bed reactor

posted on 2019-05-28, 05:31 authored by ANURAG PARIHAR
Biomass conversion to green platform chemicals like levoglucosenone and 5-chloromethyl furfural (5-CMF) is conducive to a sustainable future. This is the first study to demonstrate one-step conversion of biomass to levoglucosenone and 5-CMF in a scalable fluidised bed reactor technology. First, biomass was characterised and a laboratory scale fluidised bed reactor was designed and commissioned for thermo-catalytic process development. Next, a suitable catalyst was used for biomass conversion to chemicals. Critical process parameters were optimized to obtain high yield and selectivity. Finally, the thermo-catalytic reaction mechanism was investigated through synchrotron-based infra-red spectroscopy.


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Principal supervisor

Sankar Bhattacharya

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Chemical & Biological Engineering

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Chemical Engineering


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Engineering