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Pd-Ru/TiO2 catalyst - an active and selective catalyst for furfural hydrogenation

Aldosari, Dr Obaid, Iqbal, Sarwat, Miedziak, Peter John, Brett, Gemma Louise, Jones, Daniel R., Liu, Xi, Edwards, Jennifer Kelly ORCID:, Morgan, David John ORCID:, Knight, David William and Hutchings, Graham ORCID: 2016. Pd-Ru/TiO2 catalyst - an active and selective catalyst for furfural hydrogenation. Catalysis Science & Technology 6 , pp. 234-242. 10.1039/C5CY01650A

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The selective hydrogenation of furfural at ambient temperature has been investigated using a Pd/TiO2 catalyst. The effect of the solvent was studied and high activity and selectivity to 2-methylfuran and furfuryl alcohol was observed using octane as solvent but a number of byproducts were observed. The addition of Ru to the PdTiO2 catalyst decreased the catalytic activity but improved the selectivity towards 2-methylfuran and furfuryl alcohol with decreased byproduct formation. Variation of the Ru/Pd ratio has shown an interesting effect on the selectivity. The addition of a small amount of Ru (1 wt. %) shifted the selectivity towards furfuryl alcohol and 2-methylrofuran. Further increasing the Ru ratio decreased the catalytic activity and also showed a very poor selectivity to 2-methylfuran.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISSN: 2044-4753
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 30 October 2015
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 03:53

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