Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, 11:1805

Nano TiO2 film electrode for electrocatalytic reduction of furfural in ionic liquids

Authors

    • College of Chemistry and Materials ScienceAnhui Normal University
    • Anhui Key Laboratory of Functional Molecular SolidsAnhui Normal University
  • Yuanyuan Hou
    • College of Chemistry and Materials ScienceAnhui Normal University
  • Jianguo He
    • College of Chemistry and Materials ScienceAnhui Normal University
  • Mai Xu
    • College of Chemistry and Materials ScienceAnhui Normal University
  • Yuqing Wang
    • College of Chemistry and Materials ScienceAnhui Normal University
  • Shuxi Wang
    • College of Chemistry and Materials ScienceAnhui Normal University
  • Jian Wang
    • College of Chemistry and Materials ScienceAnhui Normal University
  • Longwu Zha
    • College of Chemistry and Materials ScienceAnhui Normal University
Brief Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s11051-009-9610-5

Cite this article as:
Chu, D., Hou, Y., He, J. et al. J Nanopart Res (2009) 11: 1805. doi:10.1007/s11051-009-9610-5

Abstract

Nanoporous TiO2 having enhanced surface area was synthesized by sol–gel method. An “environmental friendly” method for production of furfuryl alcohol was presented by electrocatalytic reduction of furfural to furfuryl alcohol in ionic liquid medium at the surface of nanoporous TiO2 film electrode. The heterogeneous catalytic redox behaviour of a nanoporous TiO2 film electrode surface was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV). It was found that the catalytic reduction of furfural by Ti(IV)/Ti(III) redox system on the nanoporous TiO2 film surface. The electrode reaction mechanism is called catalytic (EC′) mechanism, current density can reach 38 mA/cm2 and yielding an overall conversion efficiency of 61.7%.

Keywords

FurfuralFurfuryl alcoholIonic liquidsNanoporous TiO2 electrodeElectrocatalytic reductionSol–gel synthesis

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