Carbon-Black-Supported Ru Catalysts for the Valorization of Cellulose through Hydrolytic Hydrogenation

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Title: Carbon-Black-Supported Ru Catalysts for the Valorization of Cellulose through Hydrolytic Hydrogenation
Authors: Adsuar García, María Dolores | Flores-Lasluisa, Jhony Xavier | Azar, Fatima Zahra | Román-Martínez, M. Carmen
Research Group/s: Materiales Carbonosos y Medio Ambiente
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Química Inorgánica | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Universitario de Materiales
Keywords: Cellulose | Hydrolytic hydrogenation | Carbon black | Ruthenium | Functional groups
Knowledge Area: Química Inorgánica
Issue Date: 22-Nov-2018
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Adsuar-García MD, Flores-Lasluisa JX, Azar FZ, Román-Martínez MC. Carbon-Black-Supported Ru Catalysts for the Valorization of Cellulose through Hydrolytic Hydrogenation. Catalysts. 2018; 8(12):572. doi:10.3390/catal8120572
Abstract: The one-pot hydrolytic hydrogenation of cellulose (HHC) with heterogeneous catalysts is an interesting method for the synthesis of fuels and chemicals from a renewable resource like lignocellulosic biomass. Supported metal catalysts are interesting for this application because they can contain the required active sites for the two catalytic steps of the HHC reaction (hydrolysis and hydrogenation). In this work, Ru catalysts have been prepared using a commercial carbon black that has been modified by sulfonation and oxidation treatments with H2SO4 and (NH4)S2O8, respectively, in order to create acidic surface sites. The correlation between the catalysts’ properties and catalytic activity has been addressed after detailed catalyst characterization. The prepared catalysts are active for cellulose conversion, being that prepared with the carbon black treated with sulfuric acid the most selective to sorbitol (above 40%). This good behavior can be mainly explained by the suitable porous structure and surface chemistry of the carbon support together with the low content of residual chlorine.
Sponsor: This work was possible thanks to the funding received from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) and FEDER, project of reference CTQ2015-66080-R, GV/FEDER (PROMETEO/2018/076) and University of Alicante (VIGROB-136).
ISSN: 2073-4344
DOI: 10.3390/catal8120572
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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