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The objective of this study was to examine the possible formation of chlorinated organic compounds during the combustion of blends of refuse derived fuels (RDF) and coal under conditions similar to those of an atmospheric fluidized bed combustion (AFBC) system. A series of experiments were conducted using a TG interfaced to FTIR. Additional experiments using a tube furnace preheated to AFBC operating temperatures were also conducted. The combustion products were cryogenically trapped and analyzed with a GC/MS system. The chlorination of phenols and the condensation reactions of chlorophenols were investigated in this study. A possible mechanism for the formation of chlorinated organic compounds such as dibenzodioxins and dibenzofurans, by chlorination and condensation reactions involving phenols, was proposed.

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Montmorillonite-supported iron(III) nitrate and copper(II) nitrate reagents, and other supported metal nitrates prepared in the same way, were investigated by thermal and X-ray powder diffraction methods. The metal nitrates are present on the support in the form of crystalline hydrate and not as acetone solvate as supposed earlier. Thermal decomposition of metal nitrates that are active in model reactions proceeds in a different way from that of the practically inactive nitrates. In the former case, water release and nitrate decomposition itself are simultaneous process. These and other results contributed to determination of suitable reaction conditions for the montmorillonite-supported reagents.

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