ZrO2-SBA-15 catalysts for the one-pot cascade synthesis of GVL from furfural

J. Iglesias, J. A. Melero, G. Morales, M. Paniagua, B. Hernández, A. Osatiashtiani, A. F. Lee, K. Wilson

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Controlling the thickness of zirconia monolayers coated over SBA-15 offers an effective way to tune catalytic performance for the acid-mediated and hydrogen transfer (Meerwein Ponndorf Verley, MPV) cascade transformation of furfural to γ-valerolactone. Complementary mechanistic and kinetic modelling establishes the existence of the two distinct zirconium active species (weak and strong acid sites), whose balancing enables optimisation of the cascade and hence maximal γ-valerolactone (GVL) production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4485-4493
Number of pages9
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2018

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