In this study, the catalytic pyrolysis of mandarin residue from the mandarin juice processing industry was carried out using pyrolysis gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy and employing microporous zeolite catalysts, HZSM-5 (SiO2/Al2O3=23 and 80) and HBeta (SiO2/Al2O3=25). The effect of acidity of the catalyst was investigated by comparing the activity of two HZSM-5 catalysts with different SiO2/Al2O3 ratios. The effect of catalyst structure was explored by comparing the results obtained using HZSM-5 (23) and HBeta. Most oxygenates produced from non-catalytic pyrolysis were removed by catalytic upgrading, whereas the yields of mono-aromatics, which are important feedstock materials for the chemical industry, increased considerably, improving the quality of the bio-oil produced. HZSM-5 (23), having the highest acidity among the catalysts used in this study, showed superior catalytic activity to those of HZSM-5 (80) and HBeta. Pt/HZSM-5 (23) and Ga/HZSM-5 (23) resulted in an even higher yield of aromatics.
- Catalytic pyrolysis
- Mandarin residue
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Engineering
- Waste Management and Disposal