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Pravin P. Upare , Dr. Jong-Min Lee, Dr. Young Kyu Hwang , Dr. Dong Won Hwang, Jeong-Ho Lee, Dr. Shiva B. Halligudi, Dr. Jin-Soo Hwang and Dr. Jong-San Chang  Direct Hydrocyclization of Biomass-Derived Levulinic Acid to 2-Methyltetrahydrofuran over Nanocomposite Copper/Silica Catalysts ChemSusChem 4

Version of Record online: 23 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201100380

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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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