Wednesday, November 11, 2015: 8:50 AM
355C (Salt Palace Convention Center)
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.