Evaluation of the effect of silicon on the carbonization process of Colombian semi-anthracites

Katherine Pugliese Barbosa, Marley Vanegas Chamorro, Alberto Albis Arrieta, Ismael Piñeres Ariza, Eunice Villicaña Ortíz

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The environmental impacts associated with the exploitation and transformation of fossil resources aggravate the planet's situation in terms of climate change. Due to this, this paper studies an alternative use of mineral coal as a precursor to obtaining new materials with different properties to the starting coals. The thermal degradation of two Colombian semi-anthracites is analyzed through the thermogravimetry (TG) technique coupled to a Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) equipment from room temperature (25 °C) to 900 °C, at a heating rate of 10 K min−1 in an inert atmosphere. The catalytic effect of the addition of silicon to these samples before being subjected to a carbonization process is evaluated during this process. The results indicated that the primary reaction occurs in the temperature range between 400 and 680 °C, where the highest mass loss rate was observed. At the end of the heating process, the TG profile of the samples with silicon addition showed losses between 14.33 and 18.82% in mass, these values being slightly higher compared to the starting and demineralized samples. The release of water, light gases such as CO2, CH4, and species such as toluene, phenol and formic acid was identified in most of the samples. The presence of silica seems to favor the release of all these species, being more evident in one of the semi-anthracites studied. According to the results obtained, it is proved that the presence of silicon in samples subjected to carbonization processes has a catalytic effect that improves some characteristics of the new materials obtained, thus contributing to the use of carbon to get new materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11729-11738
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Carbonization process
  • Cartilage
  • Evaluation
  • Semi-anthracites
  • Silicon


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