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dehydration of the intermediate methylcyclohexanol. Advances in the ... feedstock, reaction temperature and residence time.2. Intermediate pyrolysis typically ...

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DOI: 10.1039/C5CY02072G

Open Access Article. Published on 29 December 2015. Downloaded on 14/01/2016 18:29:20. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence.

COMMUNICATION Hierarchical mesoporous Pd/ZSM-5 for the selective catalytic hydrodeoxygenation of m-cresol to methylcyclohexane Received 00th January 20xx, Accepted 00th January 20xx

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James A. Hunns, Marta Arroyo, Adam F. Lee, José M. Escola, David Serrano a* Wilson

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Mesopore incorporation into ZSM-5 enhances the dispersion of Pd nanoparticles throughout the hierarchical framework, significantly accelerating m-cresol conversion relative to a conventional microporous ZSM-5, and dramatically increasing selectivity towards the desired methylcyclohexane deoxygenated product. Increasing the acid site density further promotes m-cresol conversion and methylcyclohexane selectivity through efficient dehydration of the intermediate methylcyclohexanol. Advances in the thermochemical processing of lignocellulosic biomass offer scalable routes to the production of sustainable liquid transportation biofuels from diverse waste-derived feedstocks.1 Pyrolytic thermal decomposition of biomass deliver a broad product distribution, which varies with feedstock, reaction temperature and residence time.2 Intermediate pyrolysis typically utilises low temperatures between 300-500 °C and long residence times which favour charcoal formation, whereas fast pyrolysis uses moderate temperatures of 450-550 °C and short vapour residence times