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Direct Hydrocyclization of Biomass-Derived Levulinic Acid to 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran over Nanocomposite Copper/Silica Catalysts

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  • Pravin P. Upare ,

    1. Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuesong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 42-860-7676
    2. Department of Green Chemistry, University of Science of Technology (UST), 217 Gajeong-Ro, Youseong, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea)
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  • Dr. Jong-Min Lee,

    1. Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuesong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 42-860-7676
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  • Dr. Young Kyu Hwang ,

    Corresponding author
    1. Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuesong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 42-860-7676
    2. Department of Green Chemistry, University of Science of Technology (UST), 217 Gajeong-Ro, Youseong, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea)
    • Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuesong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 42-860-7676
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  • Dr. Dong Won Hwang,

    1. Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuesong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 42-860-7676
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  • Jeong-Ho Lee,

    1. Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuesong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 42-860-7676
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  • Dr. Shiva B. Halligudi,

    1. Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuesong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 42-860-7676
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  • Dr. Jin-Soo Hwang,

    1. Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuesong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 42-860-7676
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  • Dr. Jong-San Chang 

    Corresponding author
    1. Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuesong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 42-860-7676
    2. Department of Green Chemistry, University of Science of Technology (UST), 217 Gajeong-Ro, Youseong, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea)
    • Catalysis Center for Molecular Engineering, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), 141 Gajeong-Ro, Yuesong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 42-860-7676
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Abstract

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Copper/silica nanocomposite catalysts prove efficient for the direct hydrocyclization of biomass-derived levulinic acid to cyclic 2-methyltetrahydrofuran in the vapor phase, at moderate hydrogen pressures. A nickel-promoted copper/silica catalyst with a high copper loading (72 wt %) is particularly effective for the direct hydrocyclization (89 % selectivity). The catalysts are stable during long-term experiments, showing little sign of leaching or sintering.

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