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ISRN Renewable Energy
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 409157, 8 pages
Research Article

Pyrolysis of Tall Oil-Derived Fatty and Resin Acid Mixtures

1Kannus Research Unit, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Silmäjärventie 2, 69100 Kannus, Finland
2Laboratory of Applied Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Jyväskylä, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014, Finland

Received 4 April 2012; Accepted 23 May 2012

Academic Editors: M. Garcia-Perez and A. Stoppato

Copyright © 2012 Hanna Lappi and Raimo Alén. 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.


Neutralised mixtures of tall oil-derived fatty acids and resin acids were separately pyrolysed (at 750C for 20 s) by pyrolysis gas chromatography with mass-selective and flame ionisation detection (Py-GC/MSD/FID) to clarify their thermochemical behaviour. The pyrolysate of fatty acid salts characteristically contained high amounts of unsaturated aliphatic hydrocarbons and minor amounts of monoaromatics, whereas the pyrolysis of resin acid salts mainly resulted in the formation of aromatics with up to three benzene rings and only in very low amounts of aliphatic hydrocarbons. The data obtained are useful when considering the suitability of various tall oil products containing fatty and resin acid fractions for the production of biofuels and chemicals via pyrolysis.