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  Solvent-free γ-valerolactone hydrogenation to 2-methyltetrahydrofuran catalysed by Ru/C: a reaction network analysis

Al Shaal, M. G., Dzierbinski, A., & Palkovits, R. (2014). Solvent-free γ-valerolactone hydrogenation to 2-methyltetrahydrofuran catalysed by Ru/C: a reaction network analysis. Green Chemistry, 16(3), 1358-1364. doi:10.1039/C3GC41803K.

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Al Shaal, Mohammad Ghith1, Author              
Dzierbinski, Adam2, Author
Palkovits, Regina2, 3, Author              
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1Research Department Schüth, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society, ou_1445589              
2Chair for Heterogeneous Catalysis and Chemical Technology, Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, RWTH, Aachen University, Worringerweg 1, Aachen, Germany , ou_persistent22              
3Research Group Palkovits, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society, ou_1445615              

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 Abstract: 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MTHF) is considered to be an attractive biomass based platform chemical with high potential as a biofuel compound and as a green solvent. 2-MTHF can be synthesised from bio-based levulinic acid (LA) and γ-valerolactone (GVL). Herein the optimum reaction conditions for the hydrogenation of GVL over Ru/C have been studied. A full conversion of GVL has been obtained under solvent free conditions with a maximum yield of 2-MTHF of 43%. The optimized conditions have been employed in a mechanistic study of the synthesis of 2-MTHF. Several side reactions have been investigated to explore the full reaction network of this heterogeneously catalysed system and to elucidate the factors influencing product selectivity. Additionally an efficient solvent-free hydrogenation reaction of LA into 2-MTHF could be achieved delivering 90% conversion of LA with a yield of 2-MTHF of 61% by removing water from the system in a two-step approach.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2013-12-122014-03-01
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1039/C3GC41803K
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Title: Green Chemistry
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Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Cambridge, UK : Royal Society of Chemistry
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 16 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1358 - 1364 Identifier: ISSN: 1463-9262
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925625301