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Pyrolysis and Activation of an Invasive Species

Title: Pyrolysis and Activation of an Invasive Species.
Name(s): Mayers, Jordan, author
Chen, Gang, professor co-directing thesis
Ahmad, Hafiz, professor co-directing thesis
Clark, Clayton J., II, committee member
Huang, Wenrui, committee member
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Invasive plants are a nuisance and a hazard across the United States. Many states spend large amounts of money in an attempt to control and prevent the spread of these plants. This study seeks to take these invasive, low value plants and process them into higher value products. The first step is pyrolysis in which the plant, albizia, is converted into bio-gas, bio-oil, and bio-char. The bio-gas is released while the bio-char and bio-oil are collected. Their basic properties are studied and presented. The bio-char is then further processed to produce activated carbon. Both physical activation with steam and chemical activation with phosphoric acid were evaluated. The carbon showed significantly increased surface area and iodine adsorption. Both physical and chemical activation achieved significant activation with iodine numbers as high as 1000 mg. of I per g. of activated carbon. The results also showed that the yield was significantly increased with the addition of phosphoric acid while maintaining high iodine numbers. As phosphoric acid increased, the yield increased.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-8841 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: April 8, 2014.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Gang Chen, Professor Co-Directing Thesis; Hafiz Ahmad, Professor Co-Directing Thesis; Clayton J. Clark, II, Committee Member; Wenrui Huang, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Civil engineering
Environmental engineering
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Owner Institution: FSU

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