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Supported Cu catalysts for the selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to propanediols

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Supported Cu catalysts for the selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to propanediols
Abstract

Supported Cu catalysts were synthesized and applied to convert glycerol, a renewable feedstock, to value-added propanediols. Among these catalysts, the γ-Al2O3 supported Cu catalysts showed superior performance. Unlike most supported precious metal catalysts, the scission of C–C bonds was successfully suppressed on the Cu/Al2O3 catalysts without a sacrifice of glycerol conversion. The experimental results combined with the characterization studies using temperature programmed reduction (TPD) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques revealed that the optimal Cu loading was 2.7 mmol of Cu metal/g of γ-Al2O3 and that the suitable pre-reduction temperature was 300 °C. The Cu/Al2O3 catalyst with the optimized amount of Cu showed a selectivity to propanediols about 96.8% with a glycerol conversion about 49.6% under mild reaction conditions (220 °C, 1.5 MPa initial H2 pressure, 10 h, Cu/glycerol molar ratio 3:100). Compared with a commonly used commercial copper chromite catalyst, the Cu/Al2O3 presented much higher activity, selectivity and Cu usage efficiency and is non-toxic.

Graphical abstractSupported Cu catalysts were synthesized to convert glycerol to propanediols. The Cu/Al2O3 catalyst with 2.7 mmol Cu/g γ-Al2O3 presented a 96.8% selectivity to propanediols with a 49.6% glycerol conversion under mild reaction conditions (220 °C, 1.5 MPa initial H2 pressure, 10 h, Cu/glycerol molar ratio 3:100). Compared with a commercial copper chromite, the Cu/Al2O3 is more active and selective.Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slide

Keywords
Glycerol; Hydrogenolysis; Propanediol; Copper; Support
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis A: General - Volume 367, Issues 1–2, 1 October 2009, Pages 93–98
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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