Influence of Highly Stable Ni2+ Species in Ni Phyllosilicate Catalysts on Selective Hydrogenation of Furfural to Furfuryl Alcohol

ACS Omega. 2022 Sep 8;8(1):249-261. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.2c03590. eCollection 2023 Jan 10.

ABSTRACT

Enhancing the catalytic performance of non-noble Ni catalysts in the selective hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol (FA) in terms of furfural conversion, selectivity, and good recyclability is challenging. Here, spherical nickel phyllosilicate catalysts (Ni_PS) with fibrous-like structures are prepared via a modified sol-gel method with Ni loadings of 2-30 wt %. Upon exposure to air, all the reduced Ni_PS catalysts exhibit more than 80% Ni0/Niphyllosilicate species on the surface, whereas a large portion of Ni oxide species (>55%) is presented on the impregnated catalyst. The Ni2+ species in nickel phyllosilicate catalysts are active and highly stable during reduction, reaction, and regeneration, yielding stable catalytic performance for multiple recycle tests in furfural hydrogenation to FA. Furfural conversion over the Ni_PS catalysts increased monotonically with increasing Ni loading without an FA selectivity drop. The presence of both metallic Ni0 and Niphyllosilicate also produces a synergistic promotional effect for FA formation.

PMID:36643509 | PMC:PMC9835083 | DOI:10.1021/acsomega.2c03590

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