Real-Time Product Switching Using a Twin Catalyst System for the Hydrogenation of Furfural in Supercritical CO2


  • We thank the EPSRC and the Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. for support. We also thank Dr. S. K. Ross for scientific discussions and M. Dellar, M. Guyler, D. Litchfield, R. Wilson, and P. Fields for their technical support at the University of Nottingham.


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“Vending machine” chemistry: A tandem flow-reactor setup can be used to generate a choice of five products in high yield from a single biorenewable feedstock, furfural (1). “Real-time” switching to any of the products can be achieved rapidly by simply changing the reactor conditions.