On the kinetics of the isomerization of glucose to fructose using Sn-Beta

Nafiseh Rajabbeigi, Ana I. Torres, Christopher M. Lew, Bahman Elyassi, Limin Ren, Zhuopeng Wang, Hong Je Cho, Wei Fan, Prodromos Daoutidis, Michael Tsapatsis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

60 Scopus citations


Process design and techno-economic evaluation of glucose isomerization on Sn-Beta require reliable catalytic reaction rate expressions and kinetic constants. Here, the isomerization of sugars (glucose, fructose and mannose) in water using Sn-Beta is investigated at various temperatures ranging from 70 to 130. °C. It is shown that the catalyst deactivates during the course of the reaction. A phenomenological model that describes the isomerization reaction in the presence of deactivation is developed and the corresponding kinetic constants are estimated from experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-242
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Engineering Science
StatePublished - Sep 6 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This material is based upon work supported as part of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation , an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-SC0001004 .


  • Biomass
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • Isomerization
  • Kinetics
  • Sn-Beta


Dive into the research topics of 'On the kinetics of the isomerization of glucose to fructose using Sn-Beta'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this