Enhancement of Bio-based para-Xylene Selectivity in Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Cellulose Using a Surface-modified Mg/P/HZSM-5 Catalyst

  • Yulan Wang
  • Minghui Fan
  • Lijuan Zhu
  • Shengfei Wang
  • Yuting He
  • Quanxin LiEmail author


With the growing consumption of oil, the production of p-xylene(PX) from renewable biomass has gained significant attention recently. This work demonstrated that cellulose, a main component in lignocellulosic biomass, was directly converted into PX over the Mg/P surface-modified zeolites. The catalysts modified by the incorporation of P2O5 and MgO into HZSM-5(HZ) promoted the isomerization of m-/o-xylenes to p-xylene. The PX selectivity was greatly enhanced using the modified zeolites due to the deactivation of external surface and the adjustment of pore entrance. In addition, the addition of methanol to cellulose was beneficial to increase the selectivity of xylenes due to the alkylation reactions and the Diels-Alder reactions between cellulose-derived furans and methanol-derived olefins. The highest PX yield of 10.7%(molar fraction) with a high PX selectivity in xylenes(97.1%) was obtained over the 10%Mg/5%P/HZ catalyst. The reaction pathway for the formation of p-xylene was addressed according to the study of the key reactions and the characterization of catalysts.


Cellulose p-Xylene Diels-Alder reaction Isomerization Alkylation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yulan Wang
    • 1
  • Minghui Fan
    • 1
  • Lijuan Zhu
    • 1
  • Shengfei Wang
    • 1
  • Yuting He
    • 1
  • Quanxin Li
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Physics, CAS Key Laboratory of Urban Pollutant Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Anhui Key Laboratory of Biomass Clean EnergyUniversity of Science & Technology of ChinaHefeiP. R. China

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