Carbon-Black-Supported Ru Catalysts for the Valorization of Cellulose through Hydrolytic Hydrogenation

Maria Adsuar-García, Jhony Flores-Lasluisa, Fatima Azar, M. Román-Martínez
2018 Catalysts  
The one-pot hydrolytic hydrogenation of cellulose (HHC) with heterogeneous catalysts is an interesting method for the synthesis of fuels and chemicals from a renewable resource like lignocellulosic biomass. Supported metal catalysts are interesting for this application because they can contain the required active sites for the two catalytic steps of the HHC reaction (hydrolysis and hydrogenation). In this work, Ru catalysts have been prepared using a commercial carbon black that has been
more » ... hat has been modified by sulfonation and oxidation treatments with H2SO4 and (NH4)S2O8, respectively, in order to create acidic surface sites. The correlation between the catalysts' properties and catalytic activity has been addressed after detailed catalyst characterization. The prepared catalysts are active for cellulose conversion, being that prepared with the carbon black treated with sulfuric acid the most selective to sorbitol (above 40%). This good behavior can be mainly explained by the suitable porous structure and surface chemistry of the carbon support together with the low content of residual chlorine.
doi:10.3390/catal8120572 fatcat:53uzluygwfc65l25b4ptpthokm