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The reaction pathways of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural conversion in a continuous flow reactor using copper catalysts

Chen, Bao, Li, Xin, Rui, Peng, Ye, Yuewen, Ye, Tongqi, Zhou, Rulong, Li, Dongdong, Carter, James H. and Hutchings, Graham J. 2022. The reaction pathways of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural conversion in a continuous flow reactor using copper catalysts. Catalysis Science & Technology 12 (9) , pp. 3016-3027. 10.1039/D1CY02197D

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Abstract

The transformation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural is investigated using supported and bulk copper oxide catalysts. We show that the selectivity to 5-methylfuraldehyde or 2,5-diformylfuran can be controlled by the solvent and the carrier gas. The use of water as the solvent and N2 as the carrier gas led to the highest conversion and most selective pathway to 2,5-diformylfuran. Quasi in situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and H2-TPR measurements revealed that H2O can re-oxidise Cu, significantly enhancing the selectivity to 5-methylfuraldehyde. Subsequent density functional theory calculations revealed more precisely the role of water in the reaction mechanism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Additional Information: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence.
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN: 2044-4753
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 April 2022
Date of Acceptance: 27 March 2022
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 07:28
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/149156

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