Condensation/hydrogenation of biomass-derived oxygenates in water/oil emulsions stabilized by nanohybrid catalysts

Paula A. Zapata, Jimmy Faria, M. Pilar Ruiz, Daniel E. Resasco*

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The synthesis of fuel-range molecules by condensation of biomass-derived furfural and acetone has been studied in a biphasic emulsion system. Nanohybrids composed of basic oxide nanoparticles fused to carbon nanotubes have been used to simultaneously stabilize water/oil emulsions and catalyze the condensation reaction. Under the same conditions, higher conversions and higher fractions of fuel-range condensation products (C8-C13) have been obtained in the emulsion compared to those obtained in the single phase. Furthermore, when using metallized nanohybrids these emulsions have been used to hydrogenate the oil-soluble condensation products. Both model compounds and synthetic bio-oil mixtures have been used to demonstrate that catalytic emulsion systems could be effective for upgrading complex mixtures, such as pyrolysis oil.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-52
Number of pages15
JournalTopics in catalysis
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Aldol-condensation
  • Bio-oil
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Emulsion
  • Hydrogenation
  • Hydrophobic and hydrophilic catalysts
  • Nanohybrids
  • Oxygenates
  • Pyrolysis oil


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