Effect of Ni–Co Ternary Molten Salt Catalysts on Coal Catalytic Pyrolysis Process

  • Xin Cui
  • Cong QiEmail author
  • Liang Li
  • Yimin LiEmail author
  • Song Li


In order to facilitate efficient and clean utilization of coal, a series of Ni–Co ternary molten salt crystals are explored and the catalytic pyrolysis mechanism of Datong coal is investigated. The reaction mechanisms of coal are achieved by thermal gravimetric analyzer (TGA), and a reactive kinetic model is constructed. The microcosmic structure and macerals are observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The catalytic effects of ternary molten salt crystals at different stages of pyrolysis are analyzed. The experimental results show that Ni–Co ternary molten salt catalysts have the capability to bring down activation energy required by pyrolytic reactions at its initial phase. Also, the catalysts exert a preferable catalytic action on macromolecular structure decomposition and free radical polycondensation reactions. Furthermore, the high-temperature condensation polymerization is driven to decompose further with a faster reaction rate by the additions of Ni–Co ternary molten salt crystal catalysts. According to pyrolysis kinetic research, the addition of catalysts can effectively decrease the activation energy needed in each phase of pyrolysis reaction.


Catalytic pyrolysis mechanism Coal Dynamics analysis Ternary molten salt crystal 



This work is supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 2014QNA20). The authors would like to thank Dr. S. Bacha for his language assistance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electrical and Power EngineeringChina University of Mining and TechnologyXuzhouChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory for Geomechanics and Underground EngineeringChina University of Mining and TechnologyXuzhouChina
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Alternate Electrical Power System with Renewable Energy SourcesNorth China Electric Power UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.School of Information and Control EngineeringChina University of Mining and TechnologyXuzhouChina

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