The Critical Role of Water in the Ring Opening of Furfural Alcohol to 1,2-Pentanediol

Rongfang Ma, Xinping Wu, Tao Tong, Zheng Jiang Shao, Yanqin Wang, Xiaohui Liu, Qineng Xia, Xue Qing Gong

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Abstract

Water, as an environmentally benign solvent, is a very common medium in biomass conversion. Here, we describe how water can significantly promote the ring-opening process of furfural alcohol and enhance the selectivity to 1,2-pentanediol formation. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal that water participates in the ring-opening process of furfural alcohol and can significantly favor the formation of 1,2-pentanediol, leading to the rapid ring opening of furfural alcohol with a high selectivity to 1,2-pentanediol (up to 65.0% from furfural over Pt/CeO2 catalyst). Most importantly, we provide direct evidence that water participates in the ring-opening process of furfural alcohol through the H218O isotopic tracing experiments. This work gives a possibility to enhance the ring-opening process and control the selectivity of ring-opening products of furanic platform compounds in biomass valorization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-337
Number of pages5
JournalACS Catalysis
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 6 2017

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Furaldehyde
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Keywords

  • furfural alcohol
  • isotopic tracing experiment
  • pentanediol
  • ring opening
  • role of water

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The Critical Role of Water in the Ring Opening of Furfural Alcohol to 1,2-Pentanediol. / Ma, Rongfang; Wu, Xinping; Tong, Tao; Shao, Zheng Jiang; Wang, Yanqin; Liu, Xiaohui; Xia, Qineng; Gong, Xue Qing.

In: ACS Catalysis, Vol. 7, No. 1, 06.01.2017, p. 333-337.

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Ma, R, Wu, X, Tong, T, Shao, ZJ, Wang, Y, Liu, X, Xia, Q & Gong, XQ 2017, 'The Critical Role of Water in the Ring Opening of Furfural Alcohol to 1,2-Pentanediol', ACS Catalysis, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 333-337. https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.6b02845
Ma, Rongfang ; Wu, Xinping ; Tong, Tao ; Shao, Zheng Jiang ; Wang, Yanqin ; Liu, Xiaohui ; Xia, Qineng ; Gong, Xue Qing. / The Critical Role of Water in the Ring Opening of Furfural Alcohol to 1,2-Pentanediol. In: ACS Catalysis. 2017 ; Vol. 7, No. 1. pp. 333-337.
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