by Zheng Zhao, M. Reda Bababrick, Wenhua Xue, Qiaohua Tang, Hongli Dang, Bin Wang, Sanwu Wang, and Daniel Resasco
Work was performed at: The University of Oklahoma and The University of Tulsa
The hydrogenation of furfural over Pd can result in radically different products depending on the nature of the solvent.
Furfural is an important derivative of biomass conversion and catalytic upgrading in the liquid phase can result in valuable intermediates for fuels and chemicals.
Figure: Theoretical depiction of furfural adsorbed on Pd (111) from solution in the presence of the water solvent