431728 Nickel Based Catalysts Supported on HZSM-5 for Hydropyrolysis and Hydrogenolysis of Lignin Model Compounds

Wednesday, November 11, 2015: 8:50 AM
355C (Salt Palace Convention Center)
Oliver Jan1, Asha Hitihami Mudiyanselage2, Junjie Jin2, Fernando Camargo1, Fernando Resende1 and Eranda Nikolla2, (1)School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, (2)Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Lignin is a potential feedstock for the production of fuels and chemicals, but its highly heterogeneous structure and recalcitrance during processing make it difficult to understand the specific catalytic pathways taken to undergo conversion to more valuable products. In this contribution, we report on a study of hydropyrolysis and hydrogenolysis of lignin model compounds, such as eugenol, on non-precious Ni based catalysts. We found that as the monometallic Ni catalyst is modified by incorporating another element in the structure, the chemistry of eugenol conversion is significantly altered. Based on these insights we have developed links between the nature of the Ni site and the activity of these catalysts toward eugenol conversion.

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