Study of catalytic reduction of formic acid to methanol under mild hydrothermal conditions

Xu Zeng, Fangming Jin, Hansong Yao, Min Cheng

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Abstract

In this paper, catalytic reduction of formic acid to methanol with different catalyst under mild hydrothermal conditions was investigated. Formic acid was successfully converted into methanol using Al as reductant and Cu as a catalyst under mild hydrothermal conditions. The selectivity of conversion from formic acid to methanol was found to be as high as 30% at 300 °C for 9 h with formic acid 60 gL-1, filling rate 35% and 4.35 mmol Al and 12 mmol Cu. The addition of Al2O3 was favorable for the synthesis of methanol. Comparing the yield of methanol with the same reaction condition for 3 h without the addition of Al2O3, the yield of methanol can be increased by near 100 per cent under the same condition with Al2O3 3 mmol. This process may provide a promising solution to provide methanol as fuel for transportation and mobile devices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable and Sustainable Energy
Pages3677-3680
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event2011 International Conference on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, ICEESD 2011 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 2011 Oct 212011 Oct 23

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
Volume347-353
ISSN (Print)1022-6680

Other

Other2011 International Conference on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, ICEESD 2011
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period11/10/2111/10/23

Keywords

  • Catalyst
  • Formic acid
  • Hydrothermal reduction
  • Methanol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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