A Faster Hydrogenation Process to Make Furfuryl Alcohol
Faster hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol (in water!).

Reaction scheme for the hydrogenation of furfural over a metal surface in water (Graphical Abstract: nature.com) .

Hydrogenation is a key process to make the many furfural by-products

In the April 2019 edition of “Natrue Catalysis”, researchers presented a novel approach to hydrogenations of furfural. They discovered a reaction pathway that results in a faster hydrogenation of furfural.


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  • Zheng Zhao, Reda Bababrik, Wenhua Xue, Yaping Li, Nicholas M. Briggs, Dieu-Thy Nguyen, Umi Nguyen, Steven P. Crossley, Sanwu Wang, Bin Wang & Daniel E. Resasco (2019) “Solvent-mediated charge separation drives alternative hydrogenation path of furanics in liquid water” Nature Catalysis doi: 10.1038/s41929-019-0257-z


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