Metal catalysts supported on biochars: Part I synthesis and characterization

Jose Luis Santos, Päivi Mäki-Arvela, Antonio Monzón, Dmitry Murzin, Miguel Ángel Centeno

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In the current study, synthesis and detailed characterization of cellulose biochars as a waste biomass model component and vine shoot biochars as a real waste biomass catalyst was performed. Although initially biochars exhibit poor textural properties, a simple activation process can make them much more suitable as a catalyst supports. A combination of physical (CO2) and chemical activation (ZnCl2) was evaluated. The characterization results indicated that the surface area and pore volume of the biochars have increased significantly by chemical activation treatment with ZnCl2. A series of metal catalysts (Pd, Au and Ru) supported on biochars was prepared and characterized. The prepared materials represent a set of noble metal catalysts supported on biochars with different textural and surface properties, which can be used to evaluate the catalytic role of the active phase and carbon support nature in catalytic reactions of interest, such as hydrodeoxygenation, described in the part II.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118423
Pages (from-to)
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Au
  • Biochars
  • Ru supported
  • Synthesis and characterization
  • PD
  • Hydrodeoxygenation


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