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High Efficient Hydrogenation of Lignin-Derived Monophenols to Cyclohexanols over Pd/γ-Al2O3 under Mild Conditions

Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, Sichuan, China
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Catalysts 2016, 6(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal6010012
Received: 4 December 2015 / Revised: 29 December 2015 / Accepted: 31 December 2015 / Published: 13 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalytic Conversion of Biomass)
The catalytic hydrogenation of lignin-derived monophenols with high efficiency and selectivity is important for the sustainable production of chemicals and fuels. Here, Pd/γ-Al2O3 was prepared via impregnation and used as catalyst for the hydrogenation of phenols to cyclohexanols under mild conditions in aqueous solution. 3 wt. % Pd/γ-Al2O3 exhibited good catalytic activity for the selective hydrogenation of 4-ethylphenol into 4-ethylcyclohexanol, and a conversion of 100% with selectivity of 98.9% was achieved at 60 °C for 12 h. Other lignin-derived monophenolic model compounds such as 4-methyl phenol and 4-propyl phenol could be hydrogenated into cyclohexanols selectively under optimal conditions. Moreover, the Pd/γ-Al2O3 catalyst displayed good activity for the hydrogenation of the mixture of monophenols directly derived from raw biomass system to cyclohexanols as the main products, and was favorable for the depolymerization of lignin oligomers under milder conditions. Pd/γ-Al2O3 catalyst showed good water resistance and stability after recycling four times. This result might provide a promising approach to selectively producing cyclohexanol directly from raw biomass material under mild conditions in aqueous solutions. View Full-Text
Keywords: 4-ethylphenol; lignin; hydrogenation; 4-ethylcyclohexanol; Pd/γ-Al2O3 catalyst 4-ethylphenol; lignin; hydrogenation; 4-ethylcyclohexanol; Pd/γ-Al2O3 catalyst
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Yi, J.; Luo, Y.; He, T.; Jiang, Z.; Li, J.; Hu, C. High Efficient Hydrogenation of Lignin-Derived Monophenols to Cyclohexanols over Pd/γ-Al2O3 under Mild Conditions. Catalysts 2016, 6, 12.

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