A perspective on catalytic hydropyrolysis of biomass

Magnus Zingler Stummann, Martin Høj, Jostein Gabrielsen, Lasse Røngaard Clausen, Peter Arendt Jensen, Anker Degn Jensen*

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Recent research has shown that catalytic hydropyrolysis is a promising method for production of liquid hydrocarbon fuels from lignocellulosic biomass. However, only limited research has been conducted within this field and the process is still not well-understood. Based on the available literature and research in our laboratories we identified the most important reactions and propose a mechanistic model for catalytic hydropyrolysis of biomass. The influence of the hydrogenation catalyst on the product distribution and composition as well as deactivation of the catalyst are discussed. Catalytic hydropyrolysis is compared with other pyrolysis technologies, such as non-catalytic and catalytic fast pyrolysis and the challenges for catalytic hydropyrolysis are highlighted and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110960
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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Funding Information:
This work is part of the project “Hydrogen assisted catalytic pyrolysis for green fuels” project conducted at The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The work was supported by The Danish Council for Strategic Research (now Innovation Fund Denmark, project 1305-00015 B ), The Programme Commission on Sustainable Energy and Environment. Funding from DTU is also gratefully acknowledged.


  • Bio-fuels
  • Catalysis
  • Catalytic hydropyrolysis
  • Catalytic pyrolysis
  • Fast pyrolysis
  • Hydrodeoxygenation


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