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E. Mäkelä, J. L. González Escobedo, J. Neuvonen, J. Lahtinen, M. Lindblad, U. Lassi, R. Karinen, R. L. Puurunen, ChemCatChem 2020, 12, 4090.

Liquid‐phase hydrodeoxygenation of 4‐propylphenol to propylbenzene : reducible supports for Pt catalysts

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Author: Mäkelä, Eveliina1; González Escobedo, José Luis1; Neuvonen, Jouni1;
Organizations: 1Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering P. O. Box 16100, 00076 AALTO, Finland
2Department of Applied Physics Aalto University School of Science P. O. Box 15100, 00076 AALTO, Finland
3Neste Corporation P. O. Box 310, 06101 Porvoo, Finland
4Research unit of Sustainable Chemistry University of Oulu P.O. Box 8000, 90014 Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-05-26


Pyrolysis and liquefaction biocrudes obtained from lignocellulose are rich in phenolic compounds that can be converted to renewable aromatics. In this study, Pt catalysts on reducible metal oxide supports (Nb₂O₅, TiO₂), along with non‐reducible ZrO₂ as a reference, were investigated in the liquid‐phase hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) of 4‐propylphenol (350 °C, 20 bar H₂, organic solvent). The most active catalyst was Pt/Nb₂O₅, which led to the molar propylbenzene selectivity of 77%, and a yield of 75% (98% conversion). Reducible metal oxide supports provided an increased activity and selectivity to the aromatic product compared to ZrO₂, and the obtained results are among the best reported in liquid phase. The reusability of the spent catalysts was also studied. The spent Pt/Nb₂O₅ catalyst provided the lowest conversion, while the product distribution of the spent Pt/ZrO₂ catalyst changed towards oxygenates. The results highlight the potential of pyrolysis or liquefaction biocrudes as a source of aromatic chemicals.

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Series: ChemCatChem
ISSN: 1867-3880
ISSN-E: 1867-3899
ISSN-L: 1867-3880
Volume: 12
Issue: 16
Pages: 4090 - 4104
DOI: 10.1002/cctc.202000429
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 116 Chemical sciences
Funding: Neste Corporation funded this work. E. M. acknowledges a grant from Aalto University and J. L. G. E. acknowledges personal grants from Fortum Foundation (number 201800142) and from the Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion (number 6712).
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