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Title: Reduced Cu–Co–Al Mixed Metal Oxides for the Ring-Opening of Furfuryl Alcohol to Produce Renewable Diols

In this study, the ring-opening of furfuryl alcohol to diol products, including 1,2-pentanediol and 1,5- pentanediol, is investigated over reduced Cu-Co-Al mixed metal oxides in a liquid phase batch reactor under H 2 pressure. These catalysts are synthesized through the calcination of layered double hydroxides (LDH) to yield well-dispersed, porous mixed metal oxides, which upon reduction displayed activity towards diols, mainly the valuable monomer 1,5-pentanediol. The addition of Cu facilitated the reduction of Co oxide species at lower temperatures, and under optimized conditions a yield towards 1,5-pentanediol of 44% (total diol yield of 62%) was achieved. Various characterization techniques including TPR, XPS, and XAS are employed to elucidate the structure of the catalysts, suggesting the formation of both metallic (Co and Cu) and oxide (CoO) species after reduction and passivation. Finally, this study demonstrates the promising characteristics that non-precious multi-metal catalysts have for the conversion of biomass derived platform molecules to plastic precursors
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  1. Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States). School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Advanced Photon Source (APS)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357; SC0001004
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 2168-0485
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22). Scientific User Facilities Division
Country of Publication:
United States
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; Biomass; Copper−cobalt; Mixed metal oxides; Pentanediols; Ring-opening
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