Liquefaction of corn cobs with supercritical water treatment

Fei Yu, Roger Ruan, Paul Chen, Dajiang Zhao

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Corncob powder was liquefied in a high pressure reactor. The composition of the gas and liquid phases produced were analyzed. It was found that the yield of gas phase increased while the yields of solid and liquid phase decreased with increasing temperature. The gas phase was 2.5 -7.7% (wt%), the liquid phase 87.8 - 95.5% (wt%), and solid phase 1.56 - 4.7% (wt%) at 300 -375°C. The gas phase consisted of hydrogen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, alkane, and olefin. The liquid phase consisted of phenols, furanmethanol, and related derived compounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication05AIChE
Subtitle of host publication2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase, Conference Proceedings
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2005Nov 4 2005


Other05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH


  • Corn cob
  • Liquefaction
  • Supercritical Water Treatment


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