(138f) Novel Bio-Oil Hydrodeoxygenation Catalysts Based on Strong Electrostatic Adsorption
We hypothesize that a precisely synthesized combination of bimetallic base metal catalysts can possess requisite activity and selectivity for pyrolysis oil HDO. We studied the hydrotreatment of bio-oil from switchgrass (regular and catalytic fast pyrolysis) in a batch reactor, using a series of active and hydrothermally stable HDO catalysts. Strong electrostatic adsorption was used to prepare single and bimetallic combinations (Pt, Ru, PtRu, Ni, Cu, NiCu) on carbon, mesoporous alumina, and metal-doped SBA-15. Particle size was determined by XRD to fall within 3 â?? 5 nm with narrow distribution, and in many cases, as small as 1.0 nm. Catalyst stability was determined by examining the support crystal structure before and after reaction. The selectivities of each catalyst toward deoxygenation, hydrogenation, and coke inhibition were compared, and this information was used to identify optimum HDO catalysts.