The effect of rosin acid on hydrodeoxygenation of fatty acid
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2019
In this study, inhibition of tall oil fatty acid hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) activity due to addition of rosin acid over sulfided NiMo/Al2O3 was investigated. Oleic acid and abietic acid were used as model compounds for fatty acid and rosin acid respectively in tall oil. After completion of each HDO experiment, the NiMo catalysts were recovered and used again under the same conditions. The results showed that the oleic acid HDO activity of sulfided catalysts was inhibited by addition of abietic acid due to competitive adsorption and increased coke deposition. The rate of carbon deposition on the catalysts increased when abietic acid was added to oleic acid feed. Moreover, the coke was in a more advanced form with higher stability for the catalysts exposed to both oleic acid and abietic acid. Furthermore, a clear correlation between the rate of coke formation and concentration of abietic acid was observed.