OB45 Design of Solid Acid Catalysts for Aqueous Phase Dehydration of Carbohydrates: The Role of Lewis and Brønsted Acid Sites

Wednesday, June 8, 2011: 4:20 PM
Columbus Ballroom (Detroit Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center )
Ronen Weingarten1, Geoffrey A. Tompsett1, Wm. Curt Conner Jr.1 and George W. Huber2, (1)Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, (2)Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
The function of Lewis and Brønsted acid sites has been established in reference to the kinetic model that we developed for xylose dehydration.  Lewis sites decrease furfural selectivity by catalyzing the reaction between xylose and furfural to form humins.  Likewise, catalyst pore confinement has an adverse effect on furfural selectivity.

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