Thermogravimetry/mass spectrometry study of woody residues and an herbaceous biomass crop using PCA techniques

C. J. Gómez, E. Mészáros, E. Jakab, E. Velo, L. Puigjaner

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The devolatilization behaviour of pine and beech wood from carpentry residuals and an herbaceous product from an energy plantation (artichoke thistle) was investigated by thermogravimetry/mass spectrometry (TG/MS). The effect of three pre-treatments, hot-water washing, ethanol extraction and their combination, was also studied. Principal component analysis (PCA) was employed to help in the evaluation of the large data set of results. The characteristics of the thermal decomposition of the herbaceous crop are considerably different from that of the woody biomass samples. The evolution profiles of some characteristic pyrolysis products revealed that the thermal behaviour of wood and thistle is still considerably different after the elimination of some of the inorganic ions and extractive compounds, although the macromolecular components of the samples decompose at similar temperatures. With the help of the PCA calculations, the effect of the different pre-treatments on the production of the main pyrolysis products was evidenced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)416-426
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007


  • Biomass pyrolysis
  • Herbaceous crop
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Principal component analysis
  • Thermogravimetry
  • Thistle (Cynara cardunculus)
  • Wood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Fuel Technology

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