(291b) Reaction Paths Predicted for Xylose and Xylan Pyrolysis Chemistry Using Reactive Molecular Dynamics
AIChE Annual Meeting
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 8:18am to 8:36am
Calculations were performed on an isothermal-isobaric system of Î²-D-xylopyranose at conditions to emulate a Pyroprobe-GCxGC/TOFMS experiment in this lab. The most frequent reaction events predicted by the simulations were used as bases for transition-state searches with computational quantum chemistry. In parallel, products predicted by the simulations were compared to experimental product distributions.
Products observed in the Pyroprobe-GCxGC/TOFMS experiment that have also been detected in ReaxFF MD calculations include glyceraldehyde, D-xylose, and glyoxal. NPT ReaxFF MD calculations also produced ethene-1,2-diol, (E)-3-hydroxyacrylaldehyde, and (2R,3S,4R)-3,4-dihydroxytetrahydrofuran-2-carbaldehyde that are structurally similar to the major products glycolaldehyde, 1-hydroxypropan-2-one, and furfural.
In this talk, we will propose pathways that are suggested by these findings, reviewing the information that support these hypotheses. Future work will include modeling of xylan oligomers at condensed-phase densities using NPT Reactive Molecular Dynamics through LAMMPS/ReaxFF, including temperature effects.
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