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Cristina García-Sancho, Dr. Irantzu Sádaba, Dr. Ramón Moreno-Tost, Prof. Josefa Mérida-Robles, Prof. José Santamaría-González, Dr. Manuel López-Granados and Prof. Pedro Maireles-Torres Dehydration of Xylose to Furfural over MCM-41-Supported Niobium-Oxide Catalysts ChemSusChem 6

Version of Record online: 19 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200881

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Sweet biomass: Niobium oxide is supported on MCM-41 silica to deliver catalysts that are active for the dehydration of xylose to furfural. The furfural yield is improved when NaCl is added to the reaction mixture. The catalysts can be recycled without an intermediate regeneration step and no significant leaching of niobium oxide is observed.

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