Timko, Michael T.
The goal of the ChE MQP was to investigate the effectiveness of nickel based catalytic hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of food waste. Results show that oxide catalysts improve bio-oil yield, high heating values, and energy recovery; Ni/ZrO2 was the best catalyst reducing solids formation while producing a bio-oil with a HHV close to that of crude. Overall, catalytic hydrogenation is a promising technology for HTL and future studies on catalyst reusability and treatment of byproducts will be useful to determine if its economically feasible.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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