Dittami, James P.
Lignin, cellulose, and hemicelluloses from biomass break down into fuel products when subjected to extreme conditions. This MQP investigated the effects of catalytic molten salts on biomass feedstocks in producing gas and liquid fuels using various chemical pathways. Reaction variables such as gas flow, temperature, pressure, vessel type, reagent type, and time were investigated. After purification, qualitative observation was noted and NMR and GC data was collected. Protein predigestion and semi-batch operation were investigated to increase efficacy of the system. Reaction conditions for gasification, pyrolysis, and predigestion resulting in desirable fuel production were identified. Recommendations were made for identification of oily products and improved reactor design.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry
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