Thermogravimetry/mass spectrometry analysis of energy crops

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The aim of this work was to study the thermal decomposition of different plant species obtained from energy plantations. Thermogravimetry/ mass spectrometry (TG/MS) experiments have been performed with two herbaceous crops (Miscanthus sinensis, pelletized energy grass) and two wood samples (willow, water locust) in inert and oxidative atmospheres. Owing to the large number of data obtained in the experiments, a chemometric tool, principal component analysis (PCA) has been used to help the interpretation of the results. It has been found that the thermal decomposition of the studied wood species is similar, whereas that of the studied herbaceous samples exhibits significant differences. PCA has been found to be useful for finding correlations between the various experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-482
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2007



  • Biomass
  • Energy grass
  • Miscanthus sinensis
  • Principal component analysis (PCA)
  • Thermogravimetry/mass spectrometry
  • Water locust
  • Willow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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