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A non-noble bimetallic alloy in the highly selective electrochemical synthesis of the biofuel 2,5-dimethylfuran from 5-hydroxymethylfurfural

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Abstract

The conversion of HMF to DMF has received great attention due to its potential as a gasoline alternative. Electrosynthesis is a powerful green tool due to its significant advantages and provides an efficient and environmentally friendly route. In this work, the process uses water as the hydrogen source in the electro-catalytic reduction of 5-hydromethylfurfural (HMF) for the synthesis of 2,5-dimethyl-furan (DMF). The performance of a non-noble CuNi bimetallic electrode was investigated in the electro-catalytic hydrogenation of HMF. The electrodes prepared were characterized using XRD, SEM, XPS, and BET techniques. 88.0% faradaic efficiency of DMF and 91.1% conversion selectivity of DMF were achieved. The CuNi bimetallic electrode also displayed a good stability during the reduction of HMF to DMF.

Graphical abstract: A non-noble bimetallic alloy in the highly selective electrochemical synthesis of the biofuel 2,5-dimethylfuran from 5-hydroxymethylfurfural

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The article was received on 26 Nov 2018, accepted on 25 Jan 2019 and first published on 26 Jan 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8GC03689F
Citation: Green Chem., 2019,21, 1108-1113

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    A non-noble bimetallic alloy in the highly selective electrochemical synthesis of the biofuel 2,5-dimethylfuran from 5-hydroxymethylfurfural

    Y. Zhang, B. Wang, L. Qin, Q. Li and Y. Fan, Green Chem., 2019, 21, 1108
    DOI: 10.1039/C8GC03689F

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