Sponsored Webinar: Rapid Characterization of Polymers, Biomass and Feedstocks by Fast Pyrolysis and Catalytic Pyrolysis

This webinar is sponsored by Frontier Laboratories Ltd. and reflects their views, opinions, and insights. Attendance to this webinar is free.
Originally delivered Jun 25, 2014
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Learn how fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis and catalytic pyrolysis are used to convert biomass to biofuels or other value-added chemicals. Two types of pyrolysis systems are described: (1) A third generation pyrolyzer which uses a patented micro-furnace to instantaneously heat the sample and (2) a bench-top, tandem micro-reactor - GC/MS system.  The tandem micro-reactor is a new tool for researchers working with biomass conversion. It can be used to quickly perform complex studies on virtually any feedstock in concert with any catalyst in various atmospheres (e.g., helium, hydrogen, air) over a range of temperatures and pressures.  Multiple modes of operation rapidly generate lots of useful and critical data.

Catalytic pyrolysis utilizes a catalyst to convert pyrolyzates to value-added chemicals. The tandem µ-reactor consists of two reactors in series.  Solids, liquids or gases are introduced into the first reactor.  Solids are pyrolyzed, liquids are vaporized.   The vapors from the first reactor are swept into the second reactor which contains the catalyst bed.  Once through the catalyst, the vapors flow directly to a GC/MS where the compounds are separated and identified. The transformation of Jatropha “press cake” to BTEX will be used to demonstrate the functionality of the tandem µ-reactor.

Dr. Robert Brown, founding director of the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI), summarizes the research at Iowa State University with fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis and catalytic pyrolysis using these pyrolysis and reactor systems.  Learn, first hand, how high through-put pyrolysis and catalytic pyrolysis are used to examine the fundamental phenomena associated with these processes.


Robert Brown

Dr. Robert Brown is Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU).  Dr. Brown is the founding director of ISU’s Bioeconomy Institute (BEI), which coordinates ISU’s research, educational, and outreach activities related to biobased products and bioenergy.  Dr. Brown is also the director of the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies, a center within ISU’s Institute for Physical Research and Technology that conducts multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator research into thermochemical...Read more

Dave Randle

David A. Randle is the Technical Director for Frontier Laboratories, Ltd.  Supporting Frontier Lab’s business partners in North America, Dave brings over 20 years domestic and international management and business development experience with companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies to lead Frontier’s strategic direction and growth.  As a former lab manager, Dave also has hands-on experience with many analytical techniques including GC/MS, which is a critical component to the pyrolysis and catalysis products manufactured by Frontier. Dave conducts customer training,...Read more



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