Comparative studies of products obtained from solvolysis liquefaction of oil palm empty fruit bunch fibres using different solvents

Suet Pin Fan, Sarani Zakaria, Chin Hua Chia, Fatin Jamaluddin, Sharifah Nabihah Syed Jaafar, Tze Khong Liew, Fei Ling Pua

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Abstract

Solvolysis of oil palm empty fruit bunches (EFB) fibres using different solvents (acetone, ethylene glycol (EG), ethanol, water and toluene) were carried out using an autoclave at 275. °C for 60 min. The solvent efficiency in term of conversion yield was found to be: EG. >. water. >. ethanol. >. acetone. >. toluene. The liquid products and residue obtained were analyzed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and gas chromatography/mass selectivity. The obtained results showed that the chemical properties of the oil product were significantly affected by the type of solvent used for the solvolysis process. The higher heating value (HHV) of oil products obtained using ethanol is ∼29.42. MJ/kg, which is the highest among the oil products produced using different solvents. Water, ethanol and toluene yield major phenolic compounds. While EG favors the formation of alcohol compounds and acetone yields ketone and aldehyde compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3521-3526
Number of pages6
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume102
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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Keywords

  • Biomass
  • Empty fruit bunches
  • Liquefaction
  • Organic solvents
  • Solvolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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Comparative studies of products obtained from solvolysis liquefaction of oil palm empty fruit bunch fibres using different solvents. / Fan, Suet Pin; Zakaria, Sarani; Chia, Chin Hua; Jamaluddin, Fatin; Syed Jaafar, Sharifah Nabihah; Liew, Tze Khong; Pua, Fei Ling.

In: Bioresource Technology, Vol. 102, No. 3, 02.2011, p. 3521-3526.

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