Developing an innovative technology for producing levoglucosenone from lignocellulose
The purpose of the project is to obtain new knowledge, which would broaden the use of a local renewable resource – wood – for the production of products with high added value to replace current fossil-based chemicals, accomplished by an industrial research to develop a catalytic production of levoglucosenone, by impregnating the lignocellulose matrix with mineral acids and by using solid heterogeneous catalysts with a successive fast pyrolysis. In order to accomplish the goals, the following activities will be implemented within the project: investigation of the impact of pretreatment; testing solid phase catalysts; studying and comparing the results obtained on laboratory ablative and screw reactors for optimizing the pyrolysis conditions; elaborating the possibility of by-products – sugars and anhydrosugars conversion to levoglucosenone; investigating conversion of the carbonaceous residue into high quality activated carbon. The expected results: developing a new technology, submitting 4 SCI publications, 4 abstracts in conference proceedings and 1 patent.
Keywords: lignocellulose, levoglucosenone, fast pyrolysis
The performer of the project not related economic activity is the Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry.
The duration of the project: 36 months.
Financing 583 649.22 EUR.