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ChemSusChem. 2014 Nov;7(11):2998-3001. doi: 10.1002/cssc.201402311. Epub 2014 Aug 14.

Direct hydrogenation of biomass-derived butyric acid to n-butanol over a ruthenium-tin bimetallic catalyst.

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  • 1Biorefinery Research Group & Industrial Biochemical Research Group, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), Jang-dong 100, Yuseong, Daejeon 305-600 (Korea).


Catalytic hydrogenation of organic carboxylic acids and their esters, for example, cellulosic ethanol from fermentation of acetic acid and hydrogenation of ethyl acetate is a promising possibility for future biorefinery concepts. A hybrid conversion process based on selective hydrogenation of butyric acid combined with fermentation of glucose has been developed for producing biobutanol. ZnO-supported Ru-Sn bimetallic catalysts exhibits unprecedentedly superior performance in the vapor-phase hydrogenation of biomass-derived butyric acid to n-butanol (>98% yield) for 3500 h without deactivation.

© 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


alcohols; biomass; carboxylic acids; hydrogenation; ruthenium

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