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Selective oxidation of glycerol to formic acid catalyzed by Ru(OH)4/r-GO in the presence of FeCl3

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Selective oxidation of glycerol to formic acid catalyzed by Ru(OH)4/r-GO in the presence of FeCl3
Abstract

•Production of formic acid from (FA) glycerol oxidation was achieved.•Ru(OH)4/r-GO and FeCl3 displayed synergistic effect on glycerol oxidation to FA.•High yields around 60% of FA from glycerol oxidation were obtained.•Combination of Ru(OH)4/r-GO and FeCl3 was effective for carbonates oxidation to FA.

Herein selective oxidation of glycerol to formic acid catalyzed by Ru(OH)4 nanoparticles decorated on reduced graphite oxide (r-GO) in the presence of FeCl3 was presented. The Ru(OH)4/r-GO catalyst was prepared via refluxing RuCl3 aqueous solution containing graphite oxide (GO), and was characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. It was indicated that Ru species were present in the form of Ru(OH)4, which was uniformly distributed on the r-GO surface with average particle size around 1.3 nm. The as-prepared Ru(OH)4/r-GO catalyst was used to catalyzed the glycerol oxidation in aqueous solutions of Lewis acids (including FeCl3, AlCl3, CrCl3, ZnCl2), and the effects of reaction time, temperature (120–180 °C), O2 pressure (0.5–1.5 MPa) and FeCl3 concentration (5–60 mM) were investigated. It was demonstrated that Ru(OH)4/r-GO and FeCl3 displayed synergistic effect on the production of formic acid from glycerol oxidation in aqueous solution at 160 °C, and high yields of formic acid around 60% were achieved. The possible reaction pathway was discussed. Moreover, the combination of Ru(OH)4/r-GO and FeCl3 was extended to the oxidation of carbohydrates including glucose, fructose and cellulose, and formic acid was obtained in relatively high yields. This study provides an efficient catalytic system for production of formic acid from biomass.

Keywords
Glycerol; Formic acid; Ru(OH)4/r-GO; FeCl3; Oxidation
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Volumes 154–155, July–August 2014, Pages 267–273
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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