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Catalysts 2017, 7(3), 92; doi:10.3390/catal7030092

Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation of Biobased HMF to 2,5-Bis-(Hydroxymethyl)Furan over Ru/Co3O4

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Bioenergy & Biomass Centre, National Engineering Laboratory of Textile Materials Processing Technology, Zhejiang Sci-Tech. University, Hangzhou 310018, China
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Department of Chemical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada
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Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science & Technology of Ministry of Education of China, Qilu University of Technology, Jinan 250353, China
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Received: 4 March 2017 / Revised: 15 March 2017 / Accepted: 16 March 2017 / Published: 21 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ruthenium Catalysts)
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2,5-Bis-(hydroxymethyl)furan (BHMF) is an important biomass-based platform chemical that can be derived from the hydrogenation of biomass-based 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). In this paper, the formation of BHMF from HMF via the catalytic transfer hydrogenation (CTH) process, using isopropanol as the hydrogen source and Ru/Co3O4 as the catalyst, was studied. The results revealed that the Ru/Co3O4 catalyst displayed a high catalytic efficiency, and that a BHMF yield of up to 82% was obtained at 190 °C in 6 h. Moreover, it was found that the recovered Ru/Co3O4 exhibited a similar catalytic activity to the pristine Ru/Co3O4 catalyst. These results supported the conclusion that the present CTH process is an attractive green route for the synthesis of BHMF from biomass-based HMF. View Full-Text
Keywords: biomass; 5-hydroxymethylfurfural; 2,5-bis-(hydroxymethyl)furan; catalytic transfer hydrogenation; ruthenium based catalyst biomass; 5-hydroxymethylfurfural; 2,5-bis-(hydroxymethyl)furan; catalytic transfer hydrogenation; ruthenium based catalyst
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Wang, T.; Zhang, J.; Xie, W.; Tang, Y.; Guo, D.; Ni, Y. Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation of Biobased HMF to 2,5-Bis-(Hydroxymethyl)Furan over Ru/Co3O4. Catalysts 2017, 7, 92.

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