Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 513–521 | Cite as

One-pot synthesis of lactic acid from cellulose over a sulfonated Sn-KIT6 catalyst

  • Weijie Cai
  • Qing Chen
  • Hao Xuan
  • Congming Li
  • Hao Yu
  • Li Cui
  • Zhihui YuEmail author
  • Shaoyin Zhang
  • Fengzuo QuEmail author
Catalysis, Reaction Engineering


A sulfonated Sn-doped KIT-6 catalyst (Sn-KIT-6-Pr-SO3H) was successfully prepared via the hydrothermal self-assembly method, and its performance towards to value-added lactic acid production from one-pot conversion of renewable cellulose was investigated. Indeed, the physicochemical features of the as-prepared catalysts were deeply characterized by various techniques, including XRD, BET, SEM, FT-IR, XPS, UV-vis and TGA-DSC. The results confirmed its high BET surface area with an ultrahigh cross-linked framework and promising acid strength (co-existence of Brønsted and Lewis acidity). Additionally, the impact of different reaction factors, such as the type of catalysts, temperature, time, recyclability on cellulose conversion and the yield of targeted lactic acid, were determined. Meanwhile, the developed catalyst depicted the promising activity and stability under the optimal reaction conditions. It could be recycled at least four times without any obvious deactivation. This provides insight into developing efficient catalytic systems to convert renewable biomass into value-added chemicals.


Lactic Acid Cellulose KIT-6 Sulfonation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weijie Cai
    • 1
  • Qing Chen
    • 1
  • Hao Xuan
    • 1
  • Congming Li
    • 2
  • Hao Yu
    • 3
  • Li Cui
    • 1
  • Zhihui Yu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shaoyin Zhang
    • 1
  • Fengzuo Qu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Light Industry and Chemical EngineeringDalian Polytechnic UniversityDalianChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Coal Science and Technology Co-founded by Shanxi Province and the Ministry of Science and TechnologyTaiyuan University of TechnologyTaiyuanChina
  3. 3.College of Chemical and Environmental EngineeringShandong University of Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina

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