Selective production of furfural from the dehydration of xylose using Zn doped CuO catalyst

Rahul Kumar Mishra, Vijay Bhooshan Kumar, Amudavalli Victor, Indra Neel Pulidindi, Aharon Gedanken

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Abstract

Furfural is a versatile biomass-derived platform compound used for the synthesis of several strategic chemicals. The sonochemically synthesized Zn doped CuO nanoparticles (NPs) were used for the production of furfural. The catalytic activity of the Zn doped CuO NPs was examined, as a model, during the dehydration reaction of xylose to furfural. In addition to that, we have also compared the catalytic activity of the Zn doped CuO NP with ZnO NPs, ZnO bulk, CuO NPs, CuO bulk, etc. This nanoscale catalyst (Zn doped CuO NP) has a large surface area, which enhances its catalytic activity and enables it to completely convert the xylose to furfural at 150 °C within 12 h without any trace of by-products, as confirmed by HPLC, 13C NMR and 1H NMR. HPLC analysis demonstrated that the yield of furfural is up to 86 mol %, compared to the 45 mol % obtained with ZnO NPs, ZnO bulk, CuO NPs, CuO bulk, etc. as catalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-62
Number of pages8
JournalUltrasonics Sonochemistry
Volume56
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2019

Bibliographical note

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© 2019 Elsevier B.V.

Funding

The authors acknowledge with thankfulness the generous support of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF, Grant No. 598/12 ) and the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (Grant Nos. 3-9802 and 3-99763 ) by funding this work.

FundersFunder number
Ministry of Science, Technology and Space3-9802, 3-99763
Israel Science Foundation598/12

    Keywords

    • Furfural production
    • Sonochemistry
    • Xylose dehydration
    • Zn doped CuO NPs

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