OB67 Active Site Determination of Copper Chromite in C-O Hydrogenolysis of Furfural Derivative

Thursday, June 9, 2011: 5:00 PM
Columbus Ballroom (Detroit Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center )
Keenan L. Deutsch and Brent H. Shanks, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
This work investigates the role of Cu0 and Cu+ of a copper chromite catalyst in the condensed phase C-O hydrogenolysis of 5-methyl-2-furanmethanol to 2,5-dimethylfuran. Our findings suggest that Cu0 is primarily responsible for catalytic activity. These results provide a basis for improving copper catalysts for hydrodeoxygenation via C-O hydrogenolysis.

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