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Molybdenum carbide as a highly selective deoxygenation catalyst for converting furfural to 2-methylfuran.

ChemSusChem (2014-04-24)
Ke Xiong, Wen-Sheng Lee, Aditya Bhan, Jingguang G Chen
ABSTRACT

Selectively cleaving the C=O bond outside the furan ring of furfural is crucial for converting this important biomass-derived molecule to value-added fuels such as 2-methylfuran. In this work, a combination of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, surface science studies, and reactor evaluation identified molybdenum carbide (Mo2 C) as a highly selective deoxygenation catalyst for converting furfural to 2-methylfuran. These results indicate the potential application of Mo2 C as an efficient catalyst for the selective deoxygenation of biomass-derived oxygenates including furanics and aromatics.

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2-Methylfuran, contains 200-400 BHT as stabilizer, 99%

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