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Reduction of Furfural to Furfuryl Alcohol in Liquid Phase over a Biochar-Supported Platinum Catalyst

Industrial Research Chair on Cellulosic Ethanol and Biocommodities (CRIEC-B), Department of Chemical & Biotechnological Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC J1K2R1, Canada
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Academic Editor: Mejdi Jeguirim
Energies 2017, 10(3), 286;
Received: 7 December 2016 / Revised: 15 February 2017 / Accepted: 23 February 2017 / Published: 28 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biomass Chars: Elaboration, Characterization and Applications)
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In this work, the liquid phase hydrogenation of furfural has been studied using a biochar-supported platinum catalyst in a batch reactor. Reactions were performed between 170 °C and 320 °C, using 3 wt % and 5 wt % of Pt supported on a maple-based biochar under hydrogen pressure varying from 500 psi to 1500 psi for reaction times between 1 h and 6 h in various solvents. Under all reactive conditions, furfural conversion was significant, whilst under specific conditions furfuryl alcohol (FA) was obtained in most cases as the main product showing a selectivity around 80%. Other products as methylfuran (MF), furan, and trace of tetrahydrofuran (THF) were detected. Results showed that the most efficient reaction conditions involved a 3% Pt load on biochar and operations for 2 h at 210 °C and 1500 psi using toluene as solvent. When used repetitively, the catalyst showed deactivation although only a slight variation in selectivity toward FA at the optimal experimental conditions was observed. View Full-Text
Keywords: biochar; furfural; furfuryl alcohol (FA); hydrogenation; maple; platinum catalyst biochar; furfural; furfuryl alcohol (FA); hydrogenation; maple; platinum catalyst

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Fuente-Hernández, A.; Lee, R.; Béland, N.; Zamboni, I.; Lavoie, J.-M. Reduction of Furfural to Furfuryl Alcohol in Liquid Phase over a Biochar-Supported Platinum Catalyst. Energies 2017, 10, 286.

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