Faculty Advisor

DiBiasio, David

Faculty Advisor

Zhou, Hong Susan

Project Center

Shanghai, China


The primary objective of this project was to produce biochar from different biomass materials with a variation of temperature conditions. Once the biochar sample was made, numerous tests were used to determine the carbon content and the characteristics for each sample. Production and analysis were used for theoretical application of biochar for atmospheric carbon dioxide sequestration. Through research, daily production, and experimentation a methodology was formed that set a basis to find the yield of biochar produced, percent of carbon in biochar and the surface areas of ideal temperature samples. Many conclusions and recommendations were drawn to understand the application of and further study of biochar as a beneficial sorbent.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2011


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering