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Conversion of lignocellulose to platform chemicals using a fluidised bed reactor

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posted on 28.05.2019 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.

History

Campus location

Australia

Principal supervisor

Sankar Bhattacharya

Year of Award

2019

Department, School or Centre

Chemical Engineering

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Faculty

Faculty of Engineering

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