Valorisation Potential of Natural Low HCT Poplar Mutants in Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis

J. Vercruysse, R. Vanholme, B. Vanholme, W. Boerjan, W. Prins & F. Ronsse
Biomass feedstocks having altered lignin concentration and/or lignin chemical composition could be attractive with respect to improving the yield of valuable chemicals in fast pyrolysis. pyGC­MS was used to to investigate the correlation between conversion products and biomass, being low HCT poplar mutants (Populus nigra), which are characterised by lignin having an abnormally high H­unit content. Regarding the production of phenolic compounds, increases in non­methoxylated phenols were observed, at the expense of mono­methoxylated phenols. Catalytic...