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Role of water in metal catalyst performance for ketone hydrogenation: a joint experimental and theoretical study on levulinic acid conversion into gamma-valerolactone

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Abstract

While Ru is a poor hydrogenation catalyst compared to Pt or Pd in the gas phase, it is efficient under aqueous phase conditions in the hydrogenation of ketones such as the conversion of levulinic acid into gamma-valerolactone. Combining DFT calculations and experiments, we demonstrate that water is responsible for the enhanced reactivity of Ru under those conditions.

Graphical abstract: Role of water in metal catalyst performance for ketone hydrogenation: a joint experimental and theoretical study on levulinic acid conversion into gamma-valerolactone

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The article was received on 09 Jun 2014, accepted on 18 Jun 2014 and first published on 19 Jun 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC04401K
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Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 12450-12453

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    Role of water in metal catalyst performance for ketone hydrogenation: a joint experimental and theoretical study on levulinic acid conversion into gamma-valerolactone

    C. Michel, J. Zaffran, A. M. Ruppert, J. Matras-Michalska, M. Jędrzejczyk, J. Grams and P. Sautet, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 12450
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CC04401K

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