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Hydrogenation of Biobased Aldehydes to Monoalcohols Using Bimetallic Catalysts

Bagnato, G., Signoretto, M., Pizzolitto, C., Menegazzo, F., Xi, X., ten Brink, G. H., Kooi, B. J., Heeres, H. J. & Sanna, A., 17-Aug-2020, In : ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering . 8, 32, p. 11994-12004 11 p.

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A series of monometallic and bimetallic metal catalysts (Pd, Cu, Fe, PdCu, PdFe) supported on ZrO2 (6-8 nm) were synthesized and tested for the hydrogenation of bio-oil model compounds (furfural, vanillin, glucose) under 50 bar H-2 at 100 degrees C. The catalysts were fully characterized and their properties related to their catalytic activity. The bimetallic PdFe and PdCu displayed enhanced catalytic performance compared to the monometallic catalysts for aldehyde hydrogenation (furfural, vanillin, glucose). For the best catalyst, 98% vanillin alcohol (VA) and 65.5% furfuryl alcohol (FA) conversion was obtained for 80 min batch-time. PdFe showed high selectivity toward sorbitol (74%) from glucose, though at low conversion (20%). Overall, we have demonstrated that bimetallic Fe- and Cu-based catalysts promoted by Pd show significantly better performance for the partial hydrogenation of bio-oil model compounds than the corresponding monometallic ones. The better performance of the Pd-doped Fe/Cu catalysts is linked to the presence of smaller and better dispersed Pd nanoparticles (STEM) and their lower acidity (similar to 90 mu mol/g cat) than corresponding monometallic ones (similar to 167 mu mol/g cat).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11994-12004
Number of pages11
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
Volume8
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 17-Aug-2020

    Keywords

  • Hydrogenation, Furfural, Vanillin, Glucose, Bimetallic catalysts, AQUEOUS-PHASE HYDROGENATION, FURFURYL ALCOHOL, CO2 HYDROGENATION, SELECTIVE HYDROGENATION, PROMISING PLATFORM, MESOPOROUS CARBON, PD/C CATALYST, D-GLUCOSE, HYDRODEOXYGENATION, METHANOL

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