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Selective Hydrogenation of 5‑Hydroxymethylfurfural via Zeolite Encapsulation to Avoid Further Hydrodehydroxylation

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posted on 2020-06-17, 19:08 authored by Qiang Chen, Tianhao Li, Yiming Zhou, Yunfei Bi, Shuai Guo, Xuan Liu, Haozhe Kang, Mengyue Wang, Lei Liu, Enhui Xing, Dongyuan Yang
Pt nanoparticles encapsulated into zeolite Y (denoted as Pt@Y) exhibited approaching 100% catalytic selectivity to 2,5-bis-(hydroxymethyl)-furan (BHMF) at full conversion of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in the presence of H2, coupled with good reusability. Zeolite Y constrained HMF to be adsorbed on encapsulated Pt nanoparticle surface via either the end of aldehyde groups or hydroxyl groups in thermodynamically unfavorable end-on mode to enlarge the gap in the activation energies between hydrogenation of aldehyde groups and hydrodehydroxylation of hydroxyl groups to favor selectivity enhancement via avoidance of further hydrodehydroxylation at moderate conditions, which provide a general method to avoid thermodynamics-regulated flat-lying conformation for simultaneous activation on the furan ring, aldehyde, and hydroxyl groups.

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