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Keywords:

  • biomass;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • hydrocarbons;
  • hydrodeoxygenation;
  • molybdenum
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Which cleavage do you prefer? With a combination of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, surface science studies, and reactor evaluations, Mo2C is identified as a highly selective HDO catalyst to selectively convert biomass-derived oxygenates to unsaturated hydrocarbons through selective C[BOND]O bond scissions without C[BOND]C bond cleavage. This provides high-value HDO products for utilization as feedstocks for chemicals and fuels; this also reduces the overall consumption of H2.