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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 720527, 10 pages
Research Article

Effect of Catalytic Pyrolysis Conditions Using Pulse Current Heating Method on Pyrolysis Products of Wood Biomass

1Hokkaido Research Organization, Forest Products Research Institute, 1-10 Nisikagura, Asahikawa, Hokkaido 071-0198, Japan
2Kyoto University Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Gokanosho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011, Japan

Received 12 September 2014; Revised 5 December 2014; Accepted 16 December 2014; Published 31 December 2014

Academic Editor: Paolo De Filippis

Copyright © 2014 Sensho Honma 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 influence of catalysts on the compositions of char and pyrolysis oil obtained by pyrolysis of wood biomass with pulse current heating was studied. The effects of catalysts on product compositions were analyzed using GC-MS and TEM. The compositions of some aromatic compounds changed noticeably when using a metal oxide species as the catalyst. The coexistence or dissolution of amorphous carbon and iron oxide was observed in char pyrolyzed at 800°C with Fe3O4. Pyrolysis oil compositions changed remarkably when formed in the presence of a catalyst compared to that obtained from the uncatalyzed pyrolysis of wood meal. We observed a tendency toward an increase in the ratio of polyaromatic hydrocarbons in the pyrolysis oil composition after catalytic pyrolysis at 800°C. Pyrolysis of biomass using pulse current heating and an adequate amount of catalyst is expected to yield a higher content of specific polyaromatic compounds.