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Zr-SBA-15 Lewis Acid Catalyst: Activity in Meerwein Ponndorf Verley Reduction

ESCET, Rey Juan Carlos University, C/Tulipán, s/n. Móstoles, E28933 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editor: Rafael Luque
Catalysts 2015, 5(4), 1911-1927;
Received: 6 October 2015 / Revised: 4 November 2015 / Accepted: 4 November 2015 / Published: 12 November 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalytic Conversion of Biomass)
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Zr-SBA-15 Lewis acid catalyst has demonstrated an outstanding catalytic activity in the reduction of several carbonyl compounds by means of Meerwein Ponndorf Verley (MPV) reaction, using several secondary alcohols, and showing a very high selectivity towards the desired products. Special focus was addressed in the catalytic activity of Zr-SBA-15 material in the production of furfuryl alcohol from furfural, which is an important reaction for the lignocellulosic biomass valorization. In this transformation, both the reaction temperature and the i-PrOH:Furfural molar ratio exert a positive influence on the rate of the MPV transformation, with the influence of the former being much higher. i-propyl-furfuryl ether, a by-product resulting from the etherification of the target product with the sacrificing alcohol, is also found together with the main product. The production of this side-product is highly influenced by the reaction temperature, so that low temperatures and high sacrificing alcohol to substrate molar ratios have to be applied to keep its production at low levels. View Full-Text
Keywords: mesoporous materials; heterogeneous catalysis; Lewis acids; hydrogen transfer; zirconium mesoporous materials; heterogeneous catalysis; Lewis acids; hydrogen transfer; zirconium

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Iglesias, J.; Melero, J.A.; Morales, G.; Moreno, J.; Segura, Y.; Paniagua, M.; Cambra, A.; Hernández, B. Zr-SBA-15 Lewis Acid Catalyst: Activity in Meerwein Ponndorf Verley Reduction. Catalysts 2015, 5, 1911-1927.

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