The world is witnessing a growing concern for sustainable energy sources and reducing our carbon footprint. Pyrolysis, the process of breaking down organic materials like biomass into valuable products, plays a pivotal role in this endeavor. Scientists and engineers have been delving into the mysteries of pyrolysis, especially when it comes to complex compounds rich in heteroatoms like cellulose. These compounds generate a myriad of heterogeneous products, including oxygenates, during the pyrolysis process. Understanding the intricate carbon distribution in these products is essential to unlock the full potential of pyrolysis for sustainable energy and chemical production. Enter Polyarc® – a revolutionary solution that is reshaping the way we approach pyrolysis analysis.

Polyarc®, developed by Activated Research Company, is a game-changer for researchers in the field of pyrolysis. It provides an innovative approach to address the challenges of analyzing complex pyrolysis products and, in particular, compounds with high heteroatom content. This groundbreaking technology enables scientists to gain a deeper understanding of carbon distribution in pyrolysis products and, more importantly, to measure yields with unprecedented accuracy. In this blog, we’ll explore how Polyarc® works and the benefits it brings to pyrolysis analysis.

Heterogeneous Pyrolysis and Polyarc®
The complexity of pyrolysis, especially in the case of compounds like cellulose, stems from the generation of multiple heterogeneous products, including oxygenates, during the thermal degradation process. These diverse products make it challenging for scientists to accurately quantify the carbon distribution in the resulting mixture. Traditional analytical methods struggle with this complexity, often necessitating extensive calibration procedures.

This is where Polyarc® steps in as the ideal solution for studying heterogeneous pyrolysis. By using Polyarc®, researchers can enhance the quantitation of carbon fractions in pyrolysis products without the need for extensive calibration. Polyarc® simplifies the analytical process and streamlines the way we understand and measure pyrolysis products, especially those with high heteroatom content.

Universal Response Factor: A Game-Changer in Pyrolysis Analysis
One of the most significant challenges in pyrolysis analysis, especially when dealing with complex mixtures, is the need for response factor calibration. Response factors are essential for accurately quantifying the compounds present in a mixture, and this is particularly crucial when dealing with a multitude of compounds as seen in pyrolysis of biomass. However, obtaining accurate calibration standards for all these compounds is a daunting and expensive task.

Polyarc® introduces a groundbreaking approach to address this challenge. Instead of relying on numerous calibration standards, Polyarc® converts the carbon in compounds into methane, resulting in a universal response factor per carbon atom. This revolutionary concept eliminates the need for multiple calibrations, making pyrolysis analysis significantly more accessible and efficient.

With Polyarc®, all you need is a single internal or external standard and knowledge of the molecular formula of each compound. This innovative approach empowers researchers to achieve accurate quantitation without the hassles of traditional calibration. This allows users to quickly determine unknown carbon concentrations and estimate mass concentrations based on the carbon-to-heteroatom ratios. It’s a game-changer in the world of pyrolysis analysis.

Polyarc® Insights and Takeaways
Polyarc’s® capabilities extend far beyond simplifying response factor calibration. It offers a wealth of benefits that make it an indispensable tool for pyrolysis analysis. Here are some key insights and takeaways:

  1. Fast Analysis: Polyarc® accelerates the analytical process, providing researchers with rapid results. This speed is crucial for keeping up with the demands of modern research and development.
  2. Mass Balance Closure: Achieving mass balance closure is critical in pyrolysis analysis. Polyarc® allows scientists to quantify all species on a carbon basis with exceptional accuracy, equating area percentages to carbon percentages. This precision is invaluable when studying complex pyrolysis products.
  3. Quantify Compounds Without Standards: Traditional methods require extensive calibration, often involving hard-to-obtain standards. Polyarc® liberates researchers from this constraint by enabling the quantification of compounds without the need for numerous calibration standards.
  4. Reduce the Need for Calibration and Replacement: With Polyarc®, the constant need for calibration and instrument replacement becomes a thing of the past. This not only saves time and resources but also enhances the reliability and sustainability of pyrolysis analysis.

In conclusion, Polyarc® is revolutionizing the world of pyrolysis analysis, particularly for compounds with high heteroatom content. Its universal response factor approach simplifies and accelerates the analysis, making it accessible to a broader range of researchers. The insights and data provided by Polyarc® are invaluable for advancing our understanding of carbon distribution in pyrolysis products and promoting sustainable energy and chemical production. As we continue to seek greener and more efficient solutions for the future, Polyarc® stands as a beacon of hope in the realm of pyrolysis analysis.

To discuss the Polyarc System and learn how it can help generate the results you are after – schedule a call with Connor Beach, Technical Sales Engineer. He can provide additional information, answer your questions, and guide you in integrating the Polyarc System into your lab:

Connor Beach

Technical Sales Engineer

+1 612.444.3626