Production of furfural from xylose using solid catalysts
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- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona
The purpose of the current study is to improve the current furfural production, around 50 mol% using mineral acids at approx. 200 °C, from lignocellulosic biomass (especially from the pre-hydrolysate liquor for dissolving pulp). This approach offers several advantages over current processes in the conversion of pentosan into furfural, that is: high yields, low energy consumption, and easy-to-separate reusable catalysts. As a part of the improved process, different solid acid catalysts have been developed for this purpose: sulfated zirconia, alumina and modified MCM-41, as well as commercial polymers have been tested.
The results of this analysis could be used to produce value-added chemicals from sugar-side streams from the forestry industry that could be further synthesized for applications in a wide range of industrial branches (biofuel, pharmaceutical, agrochemical, petrochemical and chemical industry, among others).
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2016|
|MoE publication type||Not Eligible|
|Event||NordForsk Research Network: Refining Lignocellulosics to Advanced Polymers and Fibres - Campus Ås, Oslo, Norway|
Duration: 26 Nov 2016 → 27 Nov 2016
|Conference||NordForsk Research Network|
|Period||26/11/2016 → 27/11/2016|
- Furfural, Xylose, Amberlyst DT, Nafion NR40, Sulfated Zirconia, Alumina