Insights From Glucose Pyrolysis for Cellulose Pyrolysis
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The present work describes comparison of the predictions with literature and new data on glucose pyrolysis. Pyrolysis in a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA) identifies levoglucosan and other products of glucose pyrolysis. These results are then related to the work of Lin et al. , who used analyses by liquid chromatography to suggest that the cellulose chain decomposes by splitting into a cellulose-levoglucosan molecule (cellobiosan, -triosan, etc.) and a shortened cellulose chain.
Acknowledgments: This work was supported by RTI International, Research Triangle Park NC, under subcontract XCE-0-40622-01 from the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, manager and operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden CO.
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