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Plasma Sci. Technol. ›› 2018, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (4): 044002.doi: 10.1088/2058-6272/aa9563

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Plasma electrolytic liquefaction of cellulosic biomass

Dingliang TANG (汤丁亮)1, Xianhui ZHANG (张先徽)2 and Si-ze YANG (杨思泽)2   


  1. 1 College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, People’s Republic of China 2 Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Plasma and Magnetic Resonance, Institute of Electromagnetics and Acoustics, Department of Electronic Science, College of Physical Science and Technology, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, People’s Republic of China
  • Received:2017-09-04 Published:2017-10-20
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    This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, China (Grant No. 2015A030313005),the opening foundation (Grant No. 2016002) of Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology (Zhejiang SciTech University), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 20720150022), Ministry of Education, and the Fund from the Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory for Plasma and Magnetic Resonance, China.


In this paper, the rapid liquefaction of a corncob was achieved by plasma electrolysis, providing a new method for cellulosic biomass liquefaction. The liquefaction rate of the corncob was 95% after 5 min with polyethylene glycol and glycerol as the liquefying agent. The experiments not only showed that H+ ions catalyzed the liquefaction of the corncob, but also that using accelerated H+ ions, which were accelerated by an electric field, could effectively improve the liquefaction efficiency. There was an obvious discharge phenomenon, in which the generated radicals efficiently heated the solution and liquefied the biomass, in the process of plasma electrolytic liquefaction. Finally, the optimum parameters of the corncob liquefaction were obtained by experimentation, and the liquefaction products were analyzed.

Key words: plasma electrolysis, liquefaction, cellulosic biomass, polyols