Molybdenum carbide as a highly selective deoxygenation catalyst for converting furfural to 2-methylfuran.

@article{Xiong2014MolybdenumCA,
  title={Molybdenum carbide as a highly selective deoxygenation catalyst for converting furfural to 2-methylfuran.},
  author={Ke Xiong and Wen-Sheng Lee and Aditya Bhan and Jingguang G Chen},
  journal={ChemSusChem},
  year={2014},
  volume={7 8},
  pages={2146-9}
}
Selectively cleaving the C=O bond outside the furan ring of furfural is crucial for converting this important biomass-derived molecule to value-added fuels such as 2-methylfuran. In this work, a combination of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, surface science studies, and reactor evaluation identified molybdenum carbide (Mo2 C) as a highly selective deoxygenation catalyst for converting furfural to 2-methylfuran. These results indicate the potential application of Mo2 C as an… CONTINUE READING