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Conversion of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone over ultra-thin TiO2 nanosheets decorated with ultrasmall Ru nanoparticle catalysts under mild conditions

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Abstract

Herein, we demonstrate that quantum-sized Ru dot decorated ultra-thin anatase TiO2 nanosheets with exposed (001) facets could exhibit highly efficient catalytic activity during the conversion of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone at room temperature. The support effect has been largely attributed to the high energy of TiO2 (001) which can lead to a stronger interaction between the support and the metal. The surface of Ru/TiO2-n contains more Ru(0) and results in higher activity and selectivity.

Graphical abstract: Conversion of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone over ultra-thin TiO2 nanosheets decorated with ultrasmall Ru nanoparticle catalysts under mild conditions

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The article was received on 11 Nov 2018, accepted on 18 Jan 2019 and first published on 19 Jan 2019


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8GC03529F
Citation: Green Chem., 2019, Advance Article

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    Conversion of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone over ultra-thin TiO2 nanosheets decorated with ultrasmall Ru nanoparticle catalysts under mild conditions

    S. Li, Y. Wang, Y. Yang, B. Chen, J. Tai, H. Liu and B. Han, Green Chem., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8GC03529F

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