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Cellulose Crystallinity Change Assessment of Biochar Produced by Pyrolysis of Coir Pith

Author Affiliations

  • 1 School of Environmental Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala, India

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 2, Issue (ISC-2012), Pages 98-101, February,2 (2013)


Biochar production from biomass is a globally adopted strategy for carbon sequestration and also for integrated agricultural applications. In the present study biochar was produced at 600oC by slow pyrolysis of lignocellulosic agro industrial residue coir pith. Chemical and structural transformation of coir pith happened due to pyrolysis process. Changes in cellulose crystallinity was analysed by XRD and FTIR method. XRD analysis indicates cellulose crystallinity index change. FTIR analysis shows several characteristic peak changes indicating structural transformations of cellulosic components.


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