Total Hydrogenation of Furfural over a Silica-Supported Nickel Catalyst Prepared by the Reduction of a Nickel Nitrate Precursor

Yoshinao Nakagawa, Hiroya Nakazawa, Hideo Watanabe, Keiichi Tomishige

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Abstract

Gas-phase hydrogenation of furfural to tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol is catalyzed by Ni/SiO 2 with <4nm Ni particle size, which is prepared by the reduction of supported nickel nitrate. The maximum yield is 94%. The conversion of furfural to the furfuryl alcohol intermediate is less structure-sensitive. The subsequent step in which furfuryl alcohol is converted to tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol is inhibited by the presence of furfural because furfural is more strongly adsorbed onto the catalyst surface than furfuryl alcohol. This step is strongly structure-sensitive and smaller turnover frequency (TOF) values are observed over Ni/SiO 2 catalysts with a larger particle size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1791-1797
Number of pages7
JournalChemCatChem
Volume4
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov

Keywords

  • Biomass
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Hydrogenation
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nickel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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