Millisecond reforming of solid biomass for sustainable fuels

Paul J. Dauenhauer, Bradon J. Dreyer, Nick J. Degenstein, Lanny D. Schmidt

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(Figure Presented) Breaking the coke habit: By coupling thermal decomposition with catalytic partial oxidation, an effective method has been developed to convert solid biomass such as cellulose into synthesis gas (see photo of a hot Rh catalyst surface). Not only is the process fast (< 70 ms), it also avoids the formation of coke, which is known to deactivate catalyst surface sites and block surface reactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5864-5867
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number31
StatePublished - 2007


  • Flash pyrolysis
  • Hydrogen
  • Oxidation
  • Rhodium
  • Sustainable chemistry

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