Facile and green production of Cu from CuO using cellulose under hydrothermal conditions

Qiuju Li, Guodong Yao, Xu Zeng, Zhenzi Jing, Zhibao Huo, Fangming Jin

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Abstract

A simple and green hydrothermal process has been developed to produce Cu from CuO using cellulose as a reductant under mild hydrothermal conditions. The results showed that CuO was easily reduced to Cu in the presence of cellulose, and a complete conversion of CuO into Cu was obtained at a temperature of 250 °C with a reaction time of 1.5 h in 0.50 mol/L NaOH. At the same time, cellulose was converted into value-added chemicals, such as lactic acid and acetic acid. A reaction mechanism for the reduction of CuO to Cu with cellulose as a reductant was also proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3129-3136
Number of pages8
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume51
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb 22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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