Aerosols are generated from biomass during cigarette smoking, from wild fires and during the thermo-chemical conversion of biomass to biofuels. These aerosols can be harmful to health and can reduce the performance of reactors producing biofuels.
Dauenhauer et al. have studied the mechanism by which such aerosols are formed using high speed photography and computational fluid dynamics.
Understanding this mechanism could allow scientists to design solutions which minimize the formation of unwanted aerosols in future.
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Aerosol generation by reactive boiling ejection of molten cellulose
Andrew R. Teixeira, Kyle G. Mooney, Jacob S. Kruger, C. Luke Williams, Wieslaw J. Suszynski, Lanny D. Schmidt, David P. Schmidt and Paul J. Dauenhauer
Energy Environ. Sci., 2011