Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 1–11 | Cite as

Recently developed methods to enhance stability of heterogeneous catalysts for conversion of biomass-derived feedstocks

  • Soosan Kim
  • Yiu Fai Tsang
  • Eilhann E. Kwon
  • Kun-Yi Andrew LinEmail author
  • Jechan LeeEmail author
Invited Review Paper


Many processes for the conversion of biomass and its derivatives into value-added products (e.g., fuels and chemicals) use heterogeneous catalysts. However, the catalysts often suffer from deactivation under harsh reaction conditions, such as liquid phase at high temperatures and pressures. The catalyst deactivation is a big obstacle to developing industrially relevant biomass conversion processes, including leaching, sintering, and poisoning of metals and collapse of catalyst support. Different approaches have been applied to limit the reversible and irreversible deactivation, highly associated with the kind of catalyst, reactants, reaction conditions, etc. This review presents recent advances in strategies to stabilize heterogeneous catalysts against deactivation for biomass conversion reactions.


Heterogeneous Catalyst Catalyst Stability Catalyst Deactivation Biomass Conversion Catalyst Design Biorefinery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental and Safety EngineeringAjou UniversitySuwonKorea
  2. 2.Department of Science and Environmental StudiesThe Education University of Hong KongTai Po, New TerritoriesHong Kong
  3. 3.Department of Environment and EnergySejong UniversitySeoulKorea
  4. 4.Department of Environmental Engineering & Innovation and Development Center of Sustainable AgricultureNational Chung Hsing UniversityTaichungTaiwan

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