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Heterogeneous catalytic synthesis of ethanol from biomass-derived syngas

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Abstract

The selective catalytic conversion of biomass-derived syngas into ethanol is thermodynamically feasible at temperatures below roughly 350 °C at 30 bar. However, if methane is allowed as a reaction product, the conversion to ethanol (or other oxygenates) is extremely limited. Experimental results show that high selectivities to ethanol are only achieved at very low conversions, typically less than 10%. The most promising catalysts for the synthesis of ethanol are based on Rh, though some other formulations (such as modified methanol synthesis catalysts) show promise. (Critical review—173 references.)

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The article was received on 30 Dec 2006 and first published on 07 Mar 2007


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/B414039G
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007,36, 1514-1528
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    Heterogeneous catalytic synthesis of ethanol from biomass-derived syngas

    J. J. Spivey and A. Egbebi, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2007, 36, 1514
    DOI: 10.1039/B414039G

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