Use of biochar from rice husk pyrolysis: assessment of reactivity in lime pastes

Luisa F. Morales, Katherine Herrera, Julián E. López, Juan F. Saldarriaga

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Biochar has unique properties such as its porous structure, specific surface area, and stable chemical properties. The rice husk is characterized by its high content of silica, and that during the pyrolysis process it generates a considerable amount of biochar that can be used in different processes. The aim of this work is to evaluate several biochars from the pyrolysis process in the reactivity of lime pastes. For this, biochar has been obtained at four different temperatures (450, 500, 550 and 600 °C), and they have been characterized by XRF, XRD, ICP-EOS, and particle size distribution, to determine their phases and their chemical composition. Biochar has been replaced in lime pastes in different proportions (5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30%), and exposed to different curing times (1, 3, 7, 14, 28, 56, 90 and 180 days). It has been found that all the replacements show reactivity within the lime pastes and that the percentage of 25% in all the biochar tested could be an adequate replacement.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere08423
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • Biochar
  • Lime pastes
  • Pyrolysis
  • Reactivity
  • Rice husk


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