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Issue 17, 2018
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ZrO2-SBA-15 catalysts for the one-pot cascade synthesis of GVL from furfural

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Abstract

Controlling the thickness of zirconia monolayers coated over SBA-15 offers an effective way to tune catalytic performance for the acid-mediated and hydrogen transfer (Meerwein Ponndorf Verley, MPV) cascade transformation of furfural to γ-valerolactone. Complementary mechanistic and kinetic modelling establishes the existence of the two distinct zirconium active species (weak and strong acid sites), whose balancing enables optimisation of the cascade and hence maximal γ-valerolactone (GVL) production.

Graphical abstract: ZrO2-SBA-15 catalysts for the one-pot cascade synthesis of GVL from furfural

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Submitted
31 May 2018
Accepted
08 Aug 2018
First published
08 Aug 2018

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018,8, 4485-4493
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Paper

ZrO2-SBA-15 catalysts for the one-pot cascade synthesis of GVL from furfural

J. Iglesias, J. A. Melero, G. Morales, M. Paniagua, B. Hernández, A. Osatiashtiani, A. F. Lee and K. Wilson, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018, 8, 4485
DOI: 10.1039/C8CY01121D

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