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Aqueous Phase Hydrogenolysis of Bio-Derivable Furfuryl Alcohol to Pentanediols Using Copper Catalysts

Götz, Dominik and Lucas, Martin and Claus, Peter (2017):
Aqueous Phase Hydrogenolysis of Bio-Derivable Furfuryl Alcohol to Pentanediols Using Copper Catalysts.
In: Catalysts, MDPI, 7, (2), ISSN 2073-4344,
[Online-Edition: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/6139],
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Abstract

In the context of sustainable production processes based on bio-derivable feedstocks, the hydrogenolysis of furfuryl alcohol gives access to two important diols. This work evaluates the performance of commercial copper catalysts in the aqueous phase hydrogenolysis reaching a selectivity towards 1,2-pentanediol of up to 34%. In contrast to noble metal catalysts such as supported ruthenium, the selectivity of the hydrogenation product, tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol, is significantly lower, so the desired diols are now the main products of this reaction. Catalysis experiments show that the performance is correlated to the catalyst composition rather than the free copper surface, indicating a strong influence of the supporting material. Although the formation of oligomeric and polymeric side products is still perturbing, copper catalysts represent promising candidates for this reaction due to their low cost and wide availability.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2017
Creators: Götz, Dominik and Lucas, Martin and Claus, Peter
Title: Aqueous Phase Hydrogenolysis of Bio-Derivable Furfuryl Alcohol to Pentanediols Using Copper Catalysts
Language: English
Abstract:

In the context of sustainable production processes based on bio-derivable feedstocks, the hydrogenolysis of furfuryl alcohol gives access to two important diols. This work evaluates the performance of commercial copper catalysts in the aqueous phase hydrogenolysis reaching a selectivity towards 1,2-pentanediol of up to 34%. In contrast to noble metal catalysts such as supported ruthenium, the selectivity of the hydrogenation product, tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol, is significantly lower, so the desired diols are now the main products of this reaction. Catalysis experiments show that the performance is correlated to the catalyst composition rather than the free copper surface, indicating a strong influence of the supporting material. Although the formation of oligomeric and polymeric side products is still perturbing, copper catalysts represent promising candidates for this reaction due to their low cost and wide availability.

Journal or Publication Title: Catalysts
Volume: 7
Number: 2
Publisher: MDPI
Divisions: 07 Department of Chemistry
07 Department of Chemistry > Fachgebiet Technische Chemie
07 Department of Chemistry > Fachgebiet Technische Chemie > Technische Chemie II
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2017 19:55
Official URL: http://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/6139
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-61393
Identification Number: doi:10.3390/catal7020050
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