MECHANISM OF THE THERMAL DECOMPOSITION OF FURAN
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\maketitle Both furan (C$_4$H$_4$O) and furfural (C$_4$H$_3$O-CHO) areimportant products in biomass pyrolysis. We have used a resistively-heated SiC tubular reactor with a 30 microseconds residence time to study the thermal cracking of furan. The decomposition products are identified by two independent techniques: 118.2 nm VUV photoionization mass spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy. We observe three different thermal dissociation channels leading to: a) CH$_3$CCH + CO b) HCCH + CH$_2$CO c) HCCCH$_2$.
Author Institution: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0215; Center for Renewable Chemical, Technologies \& Materials, NREL, 1617 Cole Blvd., Golden, CO 80401; Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0427