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Recent Advances in Catalytic Hydrogenation of Furfural

School of Ressources Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031, China
Sorbonne Universités, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Centre de Recherche Royallieu, CS 60 319, F-60203 Compiègne CEDEX, France
Chimie ParisTech, PSL University, CNRS, Institute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, F-75231 Paris CEDEX 05, France
Departamento de Química Orgánica, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, Edificio Marie Curie (C-3), Ctra Nnal IV-A, km. 396, E-14014 Cordoba, Spain
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Catalysts 2019, 9(10), 796;
Received: 31 July 2019 / Revised: 17 September 2019 / Accepted: 19 September 2019 / Published: 24 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Biomass Catalysis)
Furfural has been considered as one of the most promising platform molecules directly derived from biomass. The hydrogenation of furfural is one of the most versatile reactions to upgrade furanic components to biofuels. For instance, it can lead to plenty of downstream products, such as (tetrahydro)furfuryl alcohol, 2-methyl(tetrahydro)furan, lactones, levulinates, cyclopentanone(l), or diols, etc. The aim of this review is to discuss recent advances in the catalytic hydrogenation of furfural towards (tetrahydro)furfuryl alcohol and 2-methyl(tetrahydro)furan in terms of different non-noble metal and noble metal catalytic systems. Reaction mechanisms that are related to the different catalytic materials and reaction conditions are properly discussed. Selective hydrogenation of furfural could be modified not only by varying the types of catalyst (nature of metal, support, and preparation method) and reaction conditions, but also by altering the reaction regime, namely from batch to continuous flow. In any case, furfural catalytic hydrogenation is an open research line, which represents an attractive option for biomass valorization towards valuable chemicals and fuels. View Full-Text
Keywords: furfural; catalytic hydrogenation; biomass; heterogeneous catalyst; continuous flow furfural; catalytic hydrogenation; biomass; heterogeneous catalyst; continuous flow
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Wang, Y.; Zhao, D.; Rodríguez-Padrón, D.; Len, C. Recent Advances in Catalytic Hydrogenation of Furfural. Catalysts 2019, 9, 796.

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