Molybdenum carbide as a highly selective deoxygenation catalyst for converting furfural to 2-methylfuran

Ke Xiong, Wen Sheng Lee, Aditya Bhan, Jingguang G. Chen

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Abstract

Selectively cleaving the C = O bond outside the furan ring of furfural is crucial for converting this important biomass-derived molecule to value-added fuels such as 2-methylfuran. In this work, a combination of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, surface science studies, and reactor evaluation identified molybdenum carbide (Mo2C) as a highly selective deoxygenation catalyst for converting furfural to 2-methylfuran. These results indicate the potential application of Mo2C as an efficient catalyst for the selective deoxygenation of biomass-derived oxygenates including furanics and aromatics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2146-2149
Number of pages4
JournalChemSusChem
Volume7
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

Keywords

  • biomass
  • carbides
  • density functional theory calculations
  • deoxygenations
  • molybdenum carbide

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