Pd-Ru/TiO2 catalyst - An active and selective catalyst for furfural hydrogenation

Obaid F. Aldosari, Sarwat Iqbal, Peter J. Miedziak, Gemma L. Brett, Daniel R. Jones, Xi Liu, Jennifer K. Edwards, David J. Morgan, Graham J. Hutchings*, David Knight

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The selective hydrogenation of furfural at ambient temperature has been investigated using a Pd/TiO2 catalyst. The effect of the solvent was studied and high activity and selectivity to 2-methylfuran and furfuryl alcohol was observed using octane as solvent but a number of byproducts were observed. The addition of Ru to the PdTiO2 catalyst decreased the catalytic activity but improved the selectivity towards 2-methylfuran and furfuryl alcohol with decreased byproduct formation. Variation of the Ru/Pd ratio has shown an interesting effect on the selectivity. The addition of a small amount of Ru (1 wt%) shifted the selectivity towards furfuryl alcohol and 2-methylrofuran. Further increasing the Ru ratio decreased the catalytic activity and also showed a very poor selectivity to 2-methylfuran.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-242
Number of pages9
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


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