Enhancing Gasoline Range Hydrocarbons by Catalytic Co-pyrolysis of Rice Husk with Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Using Zeolite Socony Mobil#5(ZSM-5)
In the present work, catalytic co-pyrolysis of rice husk with low density polyethylene (LDPE) was investigated to enhance the amount of gasoline range hydrocarbons in the bio-oil. Zeolite Socony Mobil#5(ZSM-5) was used as catalyst. The specific surface area, pore volume and the average pore size of ZSM-5 were evaluated to be 418.041 m2/g, 0.227 cc/g and 1.628 nm respectively. Optimum temperature for obtaining highest bio-oil yield for non-catalytic co-pyrolysis was 600 °C, resulting in yield of 51.26 %. For catalytic co-pyrolysis, the optimum temperature was 500 °C with a bio-oil yield of 38.87 %. H/C ratio of gasoline range hydrocarbon oil obtained by catalytic co-pyrolysis was 1.21, while the oxygen content was 2.51 %.The results of GC HRMS revealed that, the gasoline range hydrocarbon oil obtained by catalytic co-pyrolysis contained 17.65 % Cycloalkanes, 6.131 % alcohols, 31.75 % esters and 32.68 % alkenes.