A Study on Catalytic Pyrolysis of Polypropylene with Mn/sand 

Vol. 29,  No. 3, pp. 185-192, Sep.  2023


This study was conducted to obtain basic process simulation data before conducting pyrolysis experiments for the development of a thermochemical conversion system by recirculation of heat carrier and gases thereby. In this study, polypropylene (PP) was used as a pyrolysis sample material as an alternative to waste plastics, and fluid sand was used as a heat transfer medium in the system. Manganese (Mn) was chosen as the catalyst for the pyrolysis experiment, and the catalyst pyrolysis was performed by impregnating it in the sand. The basic properties of PP were analyzed using a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA), and liquid oil was generated through catalytic pyrolysis under a nitrogen atmosphere at 600℃. The carbon number distribution of the generated liquid oil was confirmed by GC/MS analysis. In this study, the effects of the presence and the amount of Mn loading on the yield of liquid oil and the distribution of hydrocarbons in the oil were investigated. When Mn/sand was used, the residue decreased and the oil yield increased compared to pyrolysis using sand alone. In addition, as the Mn loading increased, the ratio of C6~C9 range gasoline in the liquid oil gradually increased, and the distribution of diesel and heavy oil with more carbon atoms than C10 in the oil decreased. In conclusion, it was found that using Mn as a catalyst and changing the amount of Mn could increase the yield of liquid oil and increase the gasoline ratio in the product.

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[IEEE Style]

S. H. Kim, S. H. Baek, R. Lee, S. J. Park, J. M. Sohn, "A Study on Catalytic Pyrolysis of Polypropylene with Mn/sand," Clean Technology, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 185-192, 2023. DOI: 10.7464/ksct.2023.29.3.185.

[ACM Style]

Soo Hyun Kim, Seung Hun Baek, Roosse Lee, Sang Jun Park, and Jung Min Sohn. 2023. A Study on Catalytic Pyrolysis of Polypropylene with Mn/sand. Clean Technology, 29, 3, (2023), 185-192. DOI: 10.7464/ksct.2023.29.3.185.