Gas Phase Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid to gamma-Valerolactone

Bonrath, W., Castelijns, A. M. C. F., de Vries, J. G., Guit, R. P. M., Schuetz, J., Sereinig, N. & Vaessen, H. W. L. M., Jan-2016, In : Catalysis Letters. 146, 1, p. 28-34 7 p.

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  • Werner Bonrath
  • Anna Maria Cornelia Francisca Castelijns
  • Johannes Gerardus de Vries
  • Rudolf Philippus Maria Guit
  • Jan Schuetz
  • Natascha Sereinig
  • Henricus Wilhelmus Leonardus Marie Vaessen

The gas phase hydrogenation of levulinic acid to gamma-valerolactone over copper and ruthenium based catalysts in a continuous fixed-bed reactor system was investigated. Among the catalysts a copper oxide based one [50-75 % CuO, 20-25 % SiO2, 1-5 % graphite, 0.1-1 % CuCO3/Cu(OH)(2)] gave gamma-valerolactone in 93 % yield for more than 90 h constant operation.



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages7
JournalCatalysis Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Gas phase hydrogenation, Levulinic acid, gamma-Valerolactone, Copper catalyst, SELECTIVE HYDROGENATION, CATALYSTS, CONVERSION, BIOMASS, CHEMICALS, LIQUID, NYLON

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