Next Article in Journal
Heterogeneous Ru-Based Catalysts for One-Pot Synthesis of Primary Amines from Aldehydes and Ammonia
Next Article in Special Issue
Experimental and Modeling Studies on the Conversion of Inulin to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural Using Metal Salts in Water
Previous Article in Journal
Zeolite Catalysts for Phenol Benzoylation with Benzoic Acid: Exploring the Synthesis of Hydroxybenzophenones
Previous Article in Special Issue
Jet-Fuel Range Hydrocarbons from Biomass-Derived Sorbitol over Ni-HZSM-5/SBA-15 Catalyst
Open AccessArticle

High-Throughput Screening of Heterogeneous Catalysts for the Conversion of Furfural to Bio-Based Fuel Components

1
Section Industrial Chemistry, Università di Messina, V.le F. Stagno D’Alcontres 31, 98166 Messina, Italy
2
Avantium Chemicals, Zekeringstraat 29, 1014 BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Rafael Luque
Catalysts 2015, 5(4), 2244-2257; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal5042244
Received: 15 November 2015 / Revised: 7 December 2015 / Accepted: 8 December 2015 / Published: 16 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalytic Conversion of Biomass)
The one-pot catalytic reductive etherification of furfural to 2-methoxymethylfuran (furfuryl methyl ether, FME), a valuable bio-based chemical or fuel, is reported. A large number of commercially available hydrogenation heterogeneous catalysts based on nickel, copper, cobalt, iridium, palladium and platinum catalysts on various support were evaluated by a high-throughput screening approach. The reaction was carried out in liquid phase with a 10% w/w furfural in methanol solution at 50 bar of hydrogen. Among all the samples tested, carbon-supported noble metal catalysts were found to be the most promising in terms of productivity and selectivity. In particular, palladium on charcoal catalysts show high selectivity (up to 77%) to FME. Significant amounts of furfuryl alcohol (FA) and 2-methylfuran (2-MF) are observed as the major by-products. View Full-Text
Keywords: furfural; high-throughput; screening; heterogeneous catalysis; palladium catalyst; carbonaceous supports; reductive etherification of aldehydes furfural; high-throughput; screening; heterogeneous catalysis; palladium catalyst; carbonaceous supports; reductive etherification of aldehydes
Show Figures

Graphical abstract

MDPI and ACS Style

Pizzi, R.; Van Putten, R.-J.; Brust, H.; Perathoner, S.; Centi, G.; Van der Waal, J.C. High-Throughput Screening of Heterogeneous Catalysts for the Conversion of Furfural to Bio-Based Fuel Components. Catalysts 2015, 5, 2244-2257.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop