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Université de Neuchâtel

Highly selective low-temperature hydrogenation of furfuryl alcohol to tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol catalysed by hectorite-supported ruthenium nanoparticles

Khan, Farooq-Ahmad ; Vallat, Armelle ; Süss-Fink, Georg

In: Catalysis Communications, 2011, vol. 12, no. 15, p. 1428–1431

Metallic ruthenium nanoparticles intercalated in hectorite (particle size ~ 4 nm) were found to catalyse the hydrogenation of furfuryl acohol to give tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol in methanolic solution under mild conditions. The best results were obtained at 40 °C under a hydrogen pressure of 20 bar (conversion 100%, selectivity > 99%). After a total turnover number of 1423, the hectorite...