Pivotal role of H2 in the isomerisation of isosorbide over a Ru/C catalyst

Abstract

Isosorbide isomerisation is a known reaction that can proceed over Ru and Ni-based heterogeneous catalysts. As a rule, an exogenous H2 pressure (40–100 bar) is required, even though H2 does not participate stoichiometrically in the reaction. By marrying experiments with DFT computations, we ascribe the role of H2 in isosorbide isomerisation to a coverage effect on the catalyst surface. We demonstrate the possibility of conducting the reaction at a low H2 pressure either in the presence of an inert gas to increase H2 solubility in an underlying solvent or using 2-propanol as a hydrogen donor. This might benefit the economy and safety of a potential industrial process.

Graphical abstract: Pivotal role of H2 in the isomerisation of isosorbide over a Ru/C catalyst

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Article information

Article type
Paper
Submitted
22 Sep 2021
Accepted
19 Oct 2021
First published
19 Oct 2021

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2021, Advance Article

Pivotal role of H2 in the isomerisation of isosorbide over a Ru/C catalyst

H. Hu, A. Ramzan, R. Wischert, F. Jerôme, C. Michel, K. de Olivera Vigier and M. Pera-Titus, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2021, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D1CY01709H

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