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Efficient hydrogenolysis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-dimethylfuran over a cobalt and copper bimetallic catalyst on N-graphene-modified Al2O3

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Abstract

2,5-Dimethylfuran (DMF) is an important candidate for liquid fuels and can be produced from biomass derived 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). Efficient transformation of HMF to DMF has not been achieved over a non-noble catalyst under milder conditions. Herein, we developed a copper and cobalt bimetallic nanoparticle catalyst supported on N-graphene-modified Al2O3 (CuCo®/NGr/α-Al2O3). It was found that CuCo®/NGr/α-Al2O3 could catalyze the conversion of HMF to DMF effectively and the yield of DMF could reach 99%. The catalyst was completely not active for the hydrogenation of the C[double bond, length as m-dash]C bond in furan and thus no 2,5-bis(hydroxymethyl)tetrahydrofuran (DHTHF) and 2,5-dimethyltetrahydrofuran (DMTHF) were detected.

Graphical abstract: Efficient hydrogenolysis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-dimethylfuran over a cobalt and copper bimetallic catalyst on N-graphene-modified Al2O3

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The article was received on 20 Sep 2016, accepted on 12 Oct 2016 and first published on 13 Oct 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6GC02630C
Citation: Green Chem., 2016,18, 6222-6228
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    Efficient hydrogenolysis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-dimethylfuran over a cobalt and copper bimetallic catalyst on N-graphene-modified Al2O3

    W. Guo, H. Liu, S. Zhang, H. Han, H. Liu, T. Jiang, B. Han and T. Wu, Green Chem., 2016, 18, 6222
    DOI: 10.1039/C6GC02630C

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