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Mitta, H., Seelam, P. K., Chary, K. V. R., Mutyala, S., Boddula, R., Inamuddin, & Asiri, A. M. (2018). Efficient Vapor-Phase Selective Hydrogenolysis of Bio-Levulinic Acid to γ-Valerolactone Using Cu Supported on Hydrotalcite Catalysts. Global Challenges, 2(12), 1800028.

Efficient vapor‐phase selective hydrogenolysis of bio‐levulinic acid to γ‐valerolactone using cu supported on hydrotalcite catalysts

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Author: Mitta, Harisekhar1,2; Seelam, Prem Kumar3; Chary, K. V. Raghava2;
Organizations: 1State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian 116023, China
2Catalysis Division, CSIR—Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana, India
3Environmental and Chemical Engineering Unit, Faculty of Technology, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4300, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
4CAS Key Laboratory of Nanosystem and Hierarchical Fabrication, National Centre for Nanoscience and Technology, No. 11 ZhongGuanCun, BeiYiTiao, 100190 Beijing, P. R. China
5Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
6Centre of Excellence for Advanced Materials Research, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-07-03


In this work, Cu nanoparticles (Cu NPs, 2‐20 nm) supported on Hydrotalcite catalysts exhibit enhanced selectivity for γ‐valerolactone (GVL) during hydrogenolysis of levulinic acid (LA). At 260 °C, over 3 wt% Cu achieved 87.5% of LA conversion with a maximum GVL selectivity (95%). In contrast, LA hydrogenolysis over 3Cu/Hydrotalcite catalyst is highly active and stable toward the production of GVL due to balanced acido‐basicity and higher Cu dispersion with ultrasmall particle sizes, which are investigated through the temperature programmed desorption (TPD) of ammonia, N₂O titration, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. Hydrotalcite in combination with inexpensive Cu catalyst is found to be an efficient and environmentally benign for LA hydrogenolysis.

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Series: Global challenges
ISSN: 2056-6646
ISSN-E: 2056-6646
ISSN-L: 2056-6646
Volume: 2
Article number: 1800028
DOI: 10.1002/gch2.201800028
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 215 Chemical engineering
218 Environmental engineering
116 Chemical sciences
216 Materials engineering
221 Nanotechnology
Funding: European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and Marie Curie Actions. Grant Number: PIRSES‐GA‐2012‐317714.
Copyright information: © 2018 The Authors. Published by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.