Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid to gamma-Valerolactone in the Presence of Ru-Containing Catalysts Based on Carbon Material "Sibunit"

Sychev, Valentin V., Baryshnikov, Sergei V., Ivanov, Ivan P., Volochaev, Mikhail N., Taran, Oxana P. Journal Of Siberian Federal University-chemistry. DOI: 10.17516/1998-2836-021

Nanostructured 1 and 3% catalysts containing ruthenium nanoparticles supported on the initial and oxidized at different temperatures graphite-like carbon material Sibunit-4 prepared. A features of this support are mesoporous texture, hydrothermal stability and the presence of surface oxygen-containing functional groups responsible for the distribution of Ru nanoparticles and the catalyst acidic properties. The catalysts characterized using methods TEM, XPS, N2 adsorption, pHpzc and tested in the hydrogenation of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone. It was found that the reaction rate and GVL selectivity are influenced by solvent choice, fractional composition, and acidic properties of the support. The obtained catalysts provide high activity in the reaction of direct hydrogenation of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone (GVL yield 98 mol.%, At 160°С, 1.2 MPa H2) and high productivity (15.9 gGVL/gCat.). Obtained catalyst can be reused several times without noticeable loss of activity.

DOI: 10.17516/1998-2836-021