The effect of metal precursor on copper phase dispersion and nanoparticle formation for the catalytic transformations of furfural


The formation of copper-based catalysts ranging from nanoparticles to isolated and dimeric Cu species supported on nanophased alumina is reported and utilised for the catalytic liquid-phase hydrogenation of furfural. The materials were synthesised via wet impregnation using various copper precursors (nitrate, acetate and sulphate) at two different loadings. A high Cu loading (5.0 wt.%) led to the formation of well-defined nanoparticles, while a lower loading (1.0 wt.%) generated a highly dispersed phase consisting mostly of atomic and dimeric Cu species dispersed on Al 2O 3. The catalytic reaction was found to be structure sensitive, promoting decarbonylation reactions with low Cu loading. Copper sulphate derived catalysts were found to severely decrease furfuryl alcohol selectivity from 94.6% to 0.8%, promoting the formation of side reactions. The sulphur-free catalysts represent a greener and more sustainable alternative to the toxic catalysts currently used in industry, operating at milder conditions of 50 °C and 1.5 bar H 2.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Additional Information: © 2020, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Uncontrolled Keywords: Copper,Furfural,Hydrogenation,Nanoparticle,Single atom catalysts,Catalysis,Environmental Science(all),Process Chemistry and Technology
Publication ISSN: 1873-3883
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 07:27
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2020 11:49
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-09-15
Published Online Date: 2020-04-28
Accepted Date: 2020-04-23
Authors: Islam, Mohammed J.
Granollers Mesa, Marta (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8602-9362)
Osatiashtiani, Amin (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1334-127X)
Taylor, Martin J.
Manayil, Jinesh C. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-9864-3332)
Parlett, Christopher M.a.
Isaacs, Mark A.
Kyriakou, Georgios

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