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

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 -valerolactone (GVL) production.

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The article was received on 31 May 2018, accepted on 08 Aug 2018 and first published on 08 Aug 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CY01121D
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    ZrO2-SBA-15 catalysts for the one-pot cascade synthesis of GVL from furfural

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

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