Catalysis Letters

, Volume 146, Issue 4, pp 711–717 | Cite as

The H2 Pressure Dependence of Hydrodeoxygenation Selectivities for Furfural Over Pt/C Catalysts

  • Jing Luo
  • Matteo Monai
  • Hongseok Yun
  • Lisandra Arroyo-Ramírez
  • Cong Wang
  • Christopher B. Murray
  • Paolo Fornasiero
  • Raymond J. Gorte


Hydrodeoxygenation of furfural was studied over a 10-wt% Pt/C catalyst at 453 K, under both low- and high-pressure conditions. With vapor-phase furfural as the feed and H2 pressures below 1 bar, decarbonylation to furan is a major product, with the selectivity to furfuryl alcohol and dimethylfuran increasing with increasing H2 pressure. When the reaction is performed at 33 bar, using 1-wt % furfural in 1-propanol solvent and high-pressure H2, no evidence for decarbonylation was observed. At high pressures, the reaction is sequential, with all the furfural proceeding to methylfuran, which in turn reacts to over-hydrogenated products, including 2-methyltetrahydrofuran and 2-pentanone. It is suggested that the hydrogen surface coverage is responsible for the apparent differences in the reaction network at high and low pressures.

Graphical Abstract


Furfural Hydrodeoxygenation Decarbonylation Continuous flow reactor H2 pressure dependence 



We acknowledge support from the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award no. DE-SC0001004.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jing Luo
    • 1
  • Matteo Monai
    • 2
  • Hongseok Yun
    • 3
  • Lisandra Arroyo-Ramírez
    • 1
  • Cong Wang
    • 1
  • Christopher B. Murray
    • 3
  • Paolo Fornasiero
    • 2
  • Raymond J. Gorte
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical & Biomolecular EngineeringUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of TriesteTriesteItaly
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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