Catalytic conversion of formic acid to methanol with Cu and Al under hydrothermal conditions

Hansong Yao, Xu Zeng, Min Cheng, Jun Yun, Zhenzi Jing, Fangming Jin

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Abstract

Catalytic conversion of formic acid into methanol was investigated with Cu as a catalyst and Al as a reductant under hydrothermal conditions. It was found that formic acid can be converted into methanol by such means. The highest yield of methanol (30.4%) was attained with a temperature of 300 °C and a reaction time of 9 h. The AlO(OH) formed from Al oxidation may also play a catalytic role in the formation of methanol. This process may provide a promising solution to producing methanol from carbohydrate biomass combined with the process of converting the carbohydrate into formic acid, which is expected to emit no CO 2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)972-983
Number of pages12
JournalBioResources
Volume7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb 1

Keywords

  • Biomass utilization
  • Catalytic reduction
  • Hydrothermal conditions
  • Methanol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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    Yao, H., Zeng, X., Cheng, M., Yun, J., Jing, Z., & Jin, F. (2012). Catalytic conversion of formic acid to methanol with Cu and Al under hydrothermal conditions. BioResources, 7(1), 972-983.