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ISRN Chemical Engineering
Volume 2012, Article ID 617363, 11 pages
Research Article

Catalytic Thermal Liquefaction of Oil Shale in Tetralin

Laboratory of Oil Shale and Renewables Research, Department of Polymeric Materials, Tallinn University of Technology, 5 Ehitajate Road, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia

Received 19 April 2012; Accepted 15 May 2012

Academic Editors: J. Ancheyta, M. M. Bettahar, and M. Kralik

Copyright © 2012 I. Johannes 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.


A short review on the publications concerning thermal liquefaction of solid fuels in the environment of hydrogen donor solvents and catalysts is compiled. New experimental results on the catalytic thermal dissolution of oil shale in tetralin as the hydrogen donor solvent in a batch autoclave are presented. The impacts of pyrolysis temperature, duration, and catalyst type on the yields of gas, maltenes, asphaltenes, preasphaltenes, and coke in the presence of tetralin are described.