Volume 27: Closing Carbon Cycles – A Transformation Process Involving Technology, Economy, and Society: Part II

The Catalytic Effect of Iron Oxide Phases on the Conversion of Cellulose-Derived Chars Christin Pflieger, Till Eckhard, Jannik Böttger, Jonas Schulwitz, Stefan Schmidt, Soma Salamon, Joachim Landers, Heiko Wende, Martin Muhler, Francesca Cerciello



Biomass char conversion is substantially influenced by metals contained in the material. One of the main catalytically active metals in biomass is Fe which occurs in various mineral forms. For an implementation of catalytic effects into char conversion models, investigations on mineral type and loading are required. In this work, the catalytic effect of an Fe loading series on the oxidation of an inherently mineral-free char was analysed. Characterisations focused on the Fe phase present in the char identifying its transition from FeSO4 to γ-Fe2O3 during doping, and further to ε-Fe2O3 and α-Fe2O3 upon char oxidation. A very high loading-dependent activity of ε-Fe2O3 was found.

Keywords Biomass-derived char, char conversion, Fe minerals, catalytic activity, phase transitions

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