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Lignin-containing Feedstock Hydrogenolysis for Biofuel Component Production

1Department of Biotechnology and Chemistry, Tver State Technical University, Tver, 170026, Russian Federation

2School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

3Regional Technological Center, Tver State University, Tver, 170100, Russian Federation

Received: 3 Mar 2017; Revised: 18 Aug 2017; Accepted: 21 Aug 2017; Available online: 22 Jan 2018; Published: 2 Apr 2018.
Editor(s): Dmitry Murzin
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In this paper, the commercial 5%Pd/C and 5%Pt/C catalysts and synthesized 5%Pt/MN-270 and 5%Pd/MN-270 were used in the hydrogenolysis of lignocellulosic material (softwood sawdust) to obtain liquid fuels in the form of hydrocarbons. As lignin has a very complex structure, anisole was used as a model compound. It was found that the use Pt-containing catalysts based on hypercrosslinked polystyrene in both processes of anisole and lignin-containing feedstock conversion allowed obtaining the highest yield of oxygen-free hydrocarbons (up to 96 wt. %). Besides, the polymer based catalysts showed high stability in hydrogenolysis process in comparison with the commercial carbon based catalysts. 

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Keywords: Lignin; hydrogenolysis; depolimerization; biofuel
Funding: Russian Science Foundation (grant 15-13-20015) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grant 18-08-00609 A)

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