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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 408973, 6 pages
Research Article

Pyrolytic Characteristics and Kinetics of Phragmites australis

1College of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao, Shandong 266510, China
2Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, Shandong 266071, China
3Graduate University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
4Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Low-Carbon Energy Chemical Engineering, Qingdao 266510, China
5Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yantai, Shandong 264003, China

Received 15 January 2011; Revised 25 May 2011; Accepted 24 July 2011

Copyright © 2011 Hui Zhao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The pyrolytic kinetics of Phragmites australis was investigated using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) method with linear temperature programming process under an inert atmosphere. Kinetic expressions for the degradation rate in devolatilization and combustion steps have been obtained for P. australis with Dollimore method. The values of apparent activation energy, the most probable mechanism functions, and the corresponding preexponential factor were determined. The results show that the model agrees well with the experimental data and provide useful information for the design of pyrolytic processing system using P. australis as feedstock to produce biofuel.