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Furfural Oxidation on Gold Supported on MnO2: Influence of the Support Structure on the Catalytic Performances

Univ. Lille, CNRS, Centrale Lille, ENSCL, Univ. Artois, UMR 8181—UCCS—Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide, F-59000 Lille, France
Departamento de Química Fundamental, Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 748, São Paulo-SP 05508-000, Brazil
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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(8), 1246;
Received: 19 June 2018 / Revised: 9 July 2018 / Accepted: 24 July 2018 / Published: 27 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gold Nanoparticles for Catalytic Applications)
A series of catalysts consisting of gold nanoparticles supported on MnO2 presenting different morphologies were synthesized and tested in the base-free oxidation of furfural. Ultra-small Au particles (less than 3 nm) were deposited on low (commercial MnO2) and high (NF, nanoflowers and NW, nanowires MnO2) surface area supports. High activity was observed for Au/MnO2-NF material with very high selectivity to furoic acid. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) study confirmed the presence of a significant amount of highly active Auδ+ species on the surface of the Au/MnO2-NF catalyst. These species seem to be responsible for the high activity in oxidation of furfural under mild conditions (air as oxidant, 110 °C). View Full-Text
Keywords: gold nanoparticles; oxidation; MnO2; nanoflowers gold nanoparticles; oxidation; MnO2; nanoflowers
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Ferraz, C.P.; Da Silva, A.G.M.; Rodrigues, T.S.; Camargo, P.H.C.; Paul, S.; Wojcieszak, R. Furfural Oxidation on Gold Supported on MnO2: Influence of the Support Structure on the Catalytic Performances. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 1246.

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