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Experimental Investigation on Upgrading of Lignin-Derived Bio-Oils: Kinetic Analysis of Anisole Conversion on Sulfided CoMo/Al2O3Catalyst

  • Author(s): Rahimpour, HR
  • Saidi, M
  • Rostami, P
  • Gates, BC
  • Rahimpour, MR
  • et al.

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© 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Kinetics of the hydroprocessing of anisole, a compound representative of lignin-derived bio-oils, catalyzed by a commercial sulfided CoMo/Al2O3, was determined at 8–20 bar pressure and 573–673 K with a once-through flow reactor. The catalyst was sulfided in an atmosphere of H2+ H2S prior to the measurement of its performance. Selectivity-conversion data were used as a basis for determining an approximate, partially quantified reaction network showing that hydrodeoxygenation (HDO), hydrogenolysis, and alkylation reactions take place simultaneously. The data indicate that these reactions can be stopped at the point where HDO is virtually completed and hydrogenation reactions (and thus H2consumption) are minimized. Phenol was the major product of the reactions, with direct deoxygenation of anisole to give benzene being kinetically almost insignificant under our conditions. We infer that the scission of the Cmethyl–O bond is more facile than the scission of the Caromatic–O bond, so that the HDO of anisole likely proceeds substantially through the reactive intermediate phenol to give transalkylation products such as 2-methylphenol. The data determine rates of formation of the major primary products. The data show that if oxygen removal is the main processing goal, higher temperatures and lower pressures are favored.

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