Furfurals as chemical platform for biofuels production

Daniel E. Resasco, Surapas Sitthisa, Jimmy Alexander Faria Albanese, Teerawit Prasomsri, Maria P. Ruiz

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In this chapter we present a review of the different conversion strategies for the catalytic upgrading of furfurals, specifically furfural and hydroxymethyl furfural, which are two chemical building blocks from lignocellulosic biomass for the production of transportation fuels, as well as useful acids, aldehydes, alcohols and amines. Reactions and catalysts for aldolcondensation, etherification, hydrogenation, decarbonylation and ring opening of furfurals are discussed. Specific examples are reviewed for hydrogenation and decarbonylation with emphasis on reaction pathways and kinetics analysis, comparing the behaviour of different metal catalysts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeterogeneous Catalysis in Biomass to Chemicals and Fuels
EditorsDavid Kubicka, Iva Kubickova
Number of pages42
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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