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Title: Vapor Phase Hydrogenolysis of Furanics Utilizing Reduced Cobalt Mixed Metal Oxide Catalysts

Vapor phase hydrogenolysis of both furfuryl alcohol and furfural were investigated over reduced Co based mixed metal oxides derived from the calcination of a layered double hydroxide precursor. Although a reduced cobalt aluminate sample displays promising selectivity towards 2-methylfuran (2-MF) production, the addition of an Fe dopant into the oxide matrix significantly enhances the activity and selectivity per gram of catalyst. Approximately 82% 2-MF yield is achieved at high conversion when furfuryl alcohol is fed into the reactor at 180 °C over the reduced 3Co-0.25Fe-0.75Al catalyst. Based on structural characterization studies including TPR, XPS, and in-situ XAS it is suggested that Fe facilitates the reduction of Co, allowing for formation of more metallic species. Altogether, this study demonstrates that non-precious metal catalysts offer promise for the selective conversion of a key biomass oxygenate to a proposed fuel additive.
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  1. Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Lemont, IL (United States)
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Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357; SC0001004
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Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 1867-3880
ChemPubSoc Europe
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Energy Frontier Research Center; USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; XAS; biomass; cobalt-iron catalysts; furanics; hydrogenation; X-ray absorption spectroscopy
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OSTI ID: 1400830