Highly selective hydrogenation of furfural over supported Pt nanoparticles under mild conditions

Taylor, Martin J., Durndell, Lee J., Isaacs, Mark A., Parlett, Christopher M.A., Wilson, Karen, Lee, Adam F. and Kyriakou, Georgios (2016). Highly selective hydrogenation of furfural over supported Pt nanoparticles under mild conditions. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 180 , pp. 580-585.


The selective liquid phase hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol over Pt nanoparticles supported on SiO2, ZnO, γ-Al2O3, CeO2 is reported under extremely mild conditions. Ambient hydrogen pressure, and temperatures as low as 50 °C are shown sufficient to drive furfural hydrogenation with high conversion and >99% selectivity to furfuryl alcohol. Strong support and solvent dependencies are observed, with methanol and n-butanol proving excellent solvents for promoting high furfuryl alcohol yields over uniformly dispersed 4 nm Pt nanoparticles over MgO, CeO2 and γ-Al2O3. In contrast, non-polar solvents conferred poor furfural conversion, while ethanol favored acetal by-product formation. Furfural selective hydrogenation can be tuned through controlling the oxide support, reaction solvent and temperature.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2015.07.006
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Engineering & Applied Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: ambient conditions,furfural,hydrogenation,platinum,supported catalysts,Catalysis,Process Chemistry and Technology,Environmental Science(all)
Full Text Link: https://hydra.h ... rces/hull:11337
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Published Date: 2016-01
Authors: Taylor, Martin J.
Durndell, Lee J.
Isaacs, Mark A.
Parlett, Christopher M.A. ( 0000-0002-3651-7314)
Wilson, Karen ( 0000-0003-4873-708X)
Lee, Adam F. ( 0000-0002-2153-1391)
Kyriakou, Georgios

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