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


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 > Energy and Bioproducts 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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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-01
Published Online Date: 2015-07-15
Accepted Date: 2015-07-07
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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