Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 53, Issue 15–18, pp 1231–1234 | Cite as

High Yield Conversion of Residual Pentoses into Furfural via Zeolite Catalysis and Catalytic Hydrogenation of Furfural to 2-Methylfuran

  • Jean Lessard
  • Jean-François Morin
  • Jean-François Wehrung
  • Delphine Magnin
  • Esteban Chornet
Original Paper

Abstract

Xylose was dehydrated over (H+) mordenite, using a continuous two-liquid-phase (aqueous-toluene) plug-flow reactor at 260 °C and 55 atm, with 98% conversion rate, 98% furfural molar yield, and 98% furfural selectivity (results from the first pass). Furfural in toluene was hydrogenated over a Cu/Fe catalyst, at 252 °C (gas-phase), in a 99% conversion rate to give 2-methylfuran in a 98% yield (same activity maintained for a 20-h operation).

Keywords

Xylose dehydration Furfural hydrogenation 2-Methylfuran Acid zeolite catalyst Heterogeneous catalytic hydrogenation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Lessard
    • 1
  • Jean-François Morin
    • 2
  • Jean-François Wehrung
    • 1
  • Delphine Magnin
    • 2
  • Esteban Chornet
    • 2
  1. 1.Département de ChimieUniversité de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  2. 2.Département de Génie ChimiqueUniversité de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada

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