A new application for transition metal chalcogenides:WS2 catalysed esterification of carboxylic acids

dos Santos, Vannia C., Durndell, Lee J., Isaacs, Mark A., Parlett, Christopher M.A., Wilson, Karen and Lee, Adam F. (2017). A new application for transition metal chalcogenides:WS2 catalysed esterification of carboxylic acids. Catalysis Communications, 91 , pp. 16-20.


The first application of WS2, a well-known graphene analogue, as a solid acid catalyst for carboxylic acid esterification is reported. WS2 exhibits excellent specific activities and high conversion to methyl esters of (65–90%) for C2–C16 carboxylic acid esterification with methanol under mild conditions, with Turnover Frequencies between 80 and 180 h−1, and outstanding water tolerance even under equimolar water spiking. WS2 also exhibits good stability towards methyl propanoate in the continuous esterification of propanoic acid, and is a promising candidate for biofuels production.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catcom.2016.12.003
Dataset DOI: https://doi.org/10.17036/ebcf74c3-afcf-4d7e-aa59-b45214b9be2f
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Chemical engineering & applied chemistry
Engineering & Applied Sciences
Engineering & Applied Sciences > European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)
Additional Information: © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ Funding: EPSRC (EP/K000616/2 and EP/K014749/1); EU FP7/2007-2013 (604307); and CNPq (a postdoctoral scholarship). Supplementary data available on the journal website.
Uncontrolled Keywords: tungsten,biofuels,carboxylic acid,esterification,sulfides,Catalysis,Chemistry(all),Process Chemistry and Technology
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Published Date: 2017-03-05
Authors: dos Santos, Vannia C.
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)

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