Catalytic depolymerisation of suberin rich biomass with precious metal catalysts

Christopher S McCallum, Nicholas Strachan, Stephen C Bennett, W. Graham Forsythe, Mark D Garrett, Christopher Hardacre, Kevin Morgan, Gary N. Sheldrake

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Hydrogenolysis of cork has been examined using a range of precious metal catalysts studying the effect of the support, added base and solvent used. The addition of a catalyst and a base resulted in a bio-oil increase of 9.3 – 158 % compared to when no catalyst was used along with an increase in lipid yield of 113-258 %. The solvent change to 2-methyl tetrahydrofuran from the original dioxane solvent system allowed for a change to a “greener” solvent as well as an increased yield from 11.5 wt% bio-oil yield to 42.6 wt% bio-oil yield, in the absence of base
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2702-2705
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number12
Early online date01 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2018


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