Reactive boiling of cellulose for integrated catalysis through an intermediate liquid

@article{Dauenhauer2009ReactiveBO,
  title={Reactive boiling of cellulose for integrated catalysis through an intermediate liquid},
  author={Paul J. Dauenhauer and Joshua L. Colby and Christine M. Balonek and Wieslaw J. Suszynski and Lanny D. Schmidt},
  journal={Green Chemistry},
  year={2009},
  volume={11},
  pages={1555-1561}
}
Advanced biomass processing technology integrating fast pyrolysis and inorganic catalysis requires an improved understanding of the thermal decomposition of biopolymers in contact with porous catalytic surfaces. High speed photography (1000 frames per second) reveals that direct impingement of microcrystalline cellulose particles (300 μm) with rhodium-based reforming catalysts at high temperature (700 °C) produces an intermediate liquid phase that reactively boils to vapors. The intermediate… 
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