Nanofibers and amorphous Ni/Al2O3 catalysts - Effect of steric hindrance on hydrogenation performance

Zhanming Zhang, Kai Sun, Yuyao Ma, Qianhe Liu, Qingyin Li, Shu Zhang, Yi Wang, Qing Liu, Dehua Dong, Xun Hu

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In this study, we have demonstrated the significance of steric hindrance on the activity of a typical heterogeneous catalyst, Ni/Al2O3, for the hydrogenation of the biomass-derived furans. The nanofibrous Ni-Al2O3 catalyst, prepared via an electrospinning method, possessed a much lower specific area and nickel atom percentage on the surface than the amorphous Ni/γ-Al2O3 catalyst, but showed a much superior activity for the hydrogenation of the furans. At room temperature, the conversion of furfural reached 99.0% over the nanofibrous Ni-Al2O3, while the Ni/γ-Al2O3 catalyst showed negligible activity, originating from their varied steric hindrances of accessing the nickel sites by the organic feedstock.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4510-4514
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis Science & Technology
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2019
Externally publishedYes

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