Faculty Advisor

Datta, Ravindra

Faculty Advisor

Dittami, James P.


The ability to utilize second-generation fuels could reduce society’s dependence on fossil fuels. Two current methods that convert lignocellulosic biomass to second-generation biofuels and chemicals include fast pyrolysis and the use of ionic liquids. The pyrolysis of biomass through molten salt media is a hybrid between fast pyrolysis and ionic liquids. Several experimental parameters were studied over the course of this research including: final reaction temperatures, chloride eutectic compositions, cellulose to eutectic molar ratios, and heating rates. All generated samples were analyzed using a gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer. The composition of the ideal molten salt eutectic, as well as the highest liquid yielding reaction parameters, was determined.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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