Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Volume 202, 2017
Previous Article Next Article

New catalytic strategies for α,ω-diols production from lignocellulosic biomass

Author affiliations

Abstract

Catalytic strategies for the synthesis of 1,5-pentanediol (PDO) with 69% yield from hemicellulose and the synthesis of 1,6-hexanediol (HDO) with 28% yield from cellulose are presented. Fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass (white birch wood chips) in gamma-valerolactone (GVL)/H2O generates a pure cellulose solid and a liquid stream containing hemicellulose and lignin, which is further dehydrated to furfural with 85% yield. Furfural is converted to PDO with sequential dehydration, hydration, ring-opening tautomerization, and hydrogenation reactions. Acid-catalyzed cellulose dehydration in tetrahydrofuran (THF)/H2O produces a mixture of levoglucosenone (LGO) and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), which are converted with hydrogen to tetrahydrofuran-dimethanol (THFDM). HDO is then obtained from hydrogenolysis of THFDM. Techno-economic analysis demonstrates that this approach can produce HDO and PDO at a minimum selling price of $4090 per ton.

Back to tab navigation

Associated articles

Supplementary files

Article information


Submitted
26 Jan 2017
Accepted
09 Mar 2017
First published
09 Mar 2017

Faraday Discuss., 2017,202, 247-267
Article type
Paper

New catalytic strategies for α,ω-diols production from lignocellulosic biomass

J. He, K. Huang, K. J. Barnett, S. H. Krishna, D. M. Alonso, Z. J. Brentzel, S. P. Burt, T. Walker, W. F. Banholzer, C. T. Maravelias, I. Hermans, J. A. Dumesic and G. W. Huber, Faraday Discuss., 2017, 202, 247
DOI: 10.1039/C7FD00036G

Social activity

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements