Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 14, pp 13470–13478 | Cite as

Thermal effects from the release of selenium from a coal combustion during high-temperature processing: a review

  • Jianjun Hu
  • Qiang Sun
  • Huan He
Review Article


The release of selenium (Se) during coal combustion can have serious impacts on the ecological environment and human health. Therefore, it is very important to study the factors that concern the release of Se from coal combustion. In this paper, the characteristics of the release of Se from coal combustion, pyrolysis, and gasification of different coal species under different conditions are studied. The results show that the amount of released Se increases at higher combustion temperatures. There are obvious increases in the amount of released Se especially in the temperature range of 300 to 800 °C. In addition, more Se is released from the coal gasification than coal combustion process, but more Se is released from coal combustion than pyrolysis. The type of coal, rate of heating, type of mineral ions, and combustion atmosphere have different effects on the released percentage of Se. Therefore, having a good understanding of the factors that surround the release of Se during coal combustion, and then establishing the combustion conditions can reduce the impacts of this toxic element to humans and the environment.


Coal combustion Selenium release Environmental pollution Human health 


Funding information

This research was supported by “the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities” (No.2017CXNL03) and “the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions”).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Coalbed Methane Resources and Reservoir Formation Process of the Ministry of EducationChina University of Mining and TechnologyXuzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of Resources and GeosciencesChina University of Mining and TechnologyXuzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Coal Processing and Efficient Utilization of Ministry of Education School of Chemical Engineering and TechnologyChina University of Mining and TechnologyXuzhouChina

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