WxC-β-SiC nanocomposite catalysts used in aqueous phase hydrogenation of furfural

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  • © 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This study investigates the effectsofthe additionoftungstenonthe structure, phase composition, textural properties and activities of β-SiC-based catalysts in the aqueous phase hydrogenation of furfural. Carbothermal reduction of SiO2 in the presence of WO3 at 1550 °C in argon resulted in the formation of WxC-β-SiC nanocomposite powders with significant variations in particle morphology and content of WxC-tipped β-SiC nano-whiskers, as revealed by TEM and SEM-EDS. The specific surface area (SSA) of the nanocomposite strongly depended on the amount of tungsten and had a notable impact on its catalytic properties for the production of furfuryl alcohol (FA) and tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA). Nanocomposite WxC-β-SiC catalysts with 10 wt % W in the starting mixture had the highest SSA and the smallest WxC crystallites. Some 10 wt % W nanocomposite catalysts demonstrated up to 90% yield of THFA, in particular in the reduction of furfural derived from biomass, although the reproducible performance of such catalysts has yet to be achieved.
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  • Rogowski J; Andrzejczuk M; Berlowska J; Binczarski M; Kregiel D; Kubiak A; Modelska M; Szubiakiewicz E; Stanishevsky A; Tomaszewska J
  • Volume

  • 22
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  • 11