Comprehensive Study of the Thermal Decomposition of Different Hemicelluloses

K. Werner, E. Borén, M. Broström & L. Pommer
Carbohydrates (cellulose and hemicellulose) constitute the main fraction of plant cell walls and detailed knowledge about their thermal decomposition are therefore of great importance for understanding pyrolytic degradation properties of biomass. Hemicellulose is a diverse group of non-cellulosic polysaccharides and is composed of chains of different monomeric sugar units (pentoses, hexoses and hexuronic acids). The heterogeneous structures of hemicelluloses should be considered when evaluating the decomposition behavior. Nevertheless, thermal analysis of hemicellulose often uses the...