Renewable p-Xylene from 2,5-Dimethylfuran and Ethylene Using Phosphorus-Containing Zeolite Catalysts

Hong Je Cho, Limin Ren, Vivek Vattipalli, Yu Hao Yeh, Nicholas Gould, Bingjun Xu, Raymond J. Gorte, Raul Lobo, Paul J Dauenhauer, Michael Tsapatsis, Wei Fan

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Abstract

p-Xylene is a major commodity chemical used for the production of polyethylene terephthalate, a polymer with applications in polyester fibers, films, and bottles. The Diels–Alder cycloaddition of 2,5-dimethylfuran and ethylene and the subsequent dehydration of the cycloadduct intermediate is an attractive reaction pathway to produce renewable p-xylene from biomass feedstocks. However, the highest yields reported previously do not exceed 75 %. We report that P-containing zeolite Beta is an active, stable, and selective catalyst for this reaction with an unprecedented p-xylene yield of 97 %. It can catalyze the dehydration reaction selectively from the furan-ethylene cycloadduct to p-xylene without the production of alkylated and oligomerized products. This behavior is distinct from that of Al-containing zeolites and other solid phosphoric acid catalysts and establishes a commercially attractive process for renewable p-xylene production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-402
Number of pages5
JournalChemCatChem
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 6 2017

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  • cycloaddition
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • phosphorus
  • renewable resources
  • zeolites

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Cho, H. J., Ren, L., Vattipalli, V., Yeh, Y. H., Gould, N., Xu, B., ... Fan, W. (2017). Renewable p-Xylene from 2,5-Dimethylfuran and Ethylene Using Phosphorus-Containing Zeolite Catalysts. ChemCatChem, 9(3), 398-402. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201601294

Renewable p-Xylene from 2,5-Dimethylfuran and Ethylene Using Phosphorus-Containing Zeolite Catalysts. / Cho, Hong Je; Ren, Limin; Vattipalli, Vivek; Yeh, Yu Hao; Gould, Nicholas; Xu, Bingjun; Gorte, Raymond J.; Lobo, Raul; Dauenhauer, Paul J; Tsapatsis, Michael; Fan, Wei.

In: ChemCatChem, Vol. 9, No. 3, 06.02.2017, p. 398-402.

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Cho, HJ, Ren, L, Vattipalli, V, Yeh, YH, Gould, N, Xu, B, Gorte, RJ, Lobo, R, Dauenhauer, PJ, Tsapatsis, M & Fan, W 2017, 'Renewable p-Xylene from 2,5-Dimethylfuran and Ethylene Using Phosphorus-Containing Zeolite Catalysts', ChemCatChem, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 398-402. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201601294
Cho, Hong Je ; Ren, Limin ; Vattipalli, Vivek ; Yeh, Yu Hao ; Gould, Nicholas ; Xu, Bingjun ; Gorte, Raymond J. ; Lobo, Raul ; Dauenhauer, Paul J ; Tsapatsis, Michael ; Fan, Wei. / Renewable p-Xylene from 2,5-Dimethylfuran and Ethylene Using Phosphorus-Containing Zeolite Catalysts. In: ChemCatChem. 2017 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 398-402.
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