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Insights into the activity, selectivity and stability of heterogeneous catalysts in the continuous flow hydroconversion of furfural

Research paper by Antonio J. Garcia-Olmo, Alfonso Yepez, Alina M. Balu, Antonio A. Romero, Yingwei Li, Rafael Luque

Indexed on: 08 May '16Published on: 15 Apr '16Published in: Catalysis Science & Technology



Abstract

The continuous flow hydroconversion of furfural to a range of furanic derivatives was carried out using a range of metal-containing heterogeneous catalysts in order to provide insights into the reaction pathways for the hydrogenation of furfural. Most of the catalysts used provided excellent furfural conversion (>60%) and varying selectivities to products at mild temperatures (90 °C), including furfuryl alcohol (FA), 2-methylfuran (2-MF), 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MTHF) and furanic intermediates, depending on the flow conditions and the investigated catalyst.

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