Furfural—Hydrogen Reactions, Manipulation of Actmty and Selectmty of The Catalyst

T. B.L.W. Marinelli, V. Ponec, C. G. Raab, J. A. Lercher

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The geometric and promoter effects on the selectivity to furhryl alcohol were studied in the hydrogenation of furfural over various series of platinum catalysts. The results obtained with the PtCu catalysts indicate that the size of the active site does not affect the selectivity. Promotion of the platinum catalyst can lead to a considerable rise in the selectivity to furfuryl alcohol. The hydrogenation over the series of PtSn catalysts showed the influence of the reaction conditions. The experiments under isothermic conditions resulted in up to 80% selectivity for hrfuryl alcohol, while the selectivity dropped to approximately 40% if non-isothermic conditions were applied. This change in selectivity is attributed to the self-poisoning of the catalyst at high temperatures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-202
Number of pages8
JournalStudies in Surface Science and Catalysis
Issue numberC
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes


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