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Pyrolytic behavior of lignocellulosic-based polysaccharides

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-131
JournalJournal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Issue number1
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The thermochemical behavior of cellulose, glucomannan, and xylan was investigated by pyrolysis–gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS). In each case, major GC-amenable condensable products were classified into several compound groups, and the formation of these monomer-related fragments from the model substance samples was determined at 500, 600, and 700 °C with a residence time of 5 s and 20 s. The results revealed that despite some general formation trends, no compound group was selectively formed at certain temperatures. Of the 11 product groups, the primary ones, including lactone, furan, and cyclopentenone derivatives, accounted for 72–85% (from cellulose), 86–90% (from glucomannan), and 76–81% (from xylan) of the total amount of pyrolysis products determined. At 500 °C, about half of the major product groups accounted for lactones, such as 3-hydroxy-2-penteno-1,5-lactone and 5H-furan-2-one. It was also confirmed by thermogravimetric analyses that within the temperature range studied, cellulose was thermally more stable than the heterogeneous hemicelluloses. These kinds of data are of importance, for example, with respect to efforts to develop new biorefinery possibilities for renewable resources.


  • Cellulose, Condensable products, Glucomannan, Pyrolysis–gas chromatography, Thermogravimetry, Xylan

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Field of science, Statistics Finland