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Researchers from Institute of Chemistry Provide Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of Nanoparticles (Pt nanoparticles over TiO2-ZrO2...

July 11, 2014



Researchers from Institute of Chemistry Provide Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of Nanoparticles (Pt nanoparticles over TiO2-ZrO2 mixed oxide as multifunctional catalysts for an integrated conversion of furfural to 1,4-butanediol)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Fresh data on Nanoparticles are presented in a new report. According to news originating from Beijing, People's Republic of China, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "1,4-butanediol (BDO) is an important commodity chemical for manufacturing many basic chemicals and valuable polymers. Its current manufacturing processes are exclusively based on feedstocks derived from oil and natural gas."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Institute of Chemistry, "The biomass-to-BDO chemical transformation is via furfural, a key platform molecule from glucose and xylose. The integrated conversion involves two sequent reaction steps: selective oxidation of furfural to furanones and hydrogenation of the mixture of furanones to BDO. Platinum nanoparticles supported over TiO2-ZrO2 perform well for both oxidation and hydrogenation steps and the total yield of BDO reaches 85.2%. The chemical composition and crystallinity of the mixed oxide support significantly affect the catalytic performance."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The best catalyst is platinum supported over TiO2-ZrO2 mixed oxide (Ti/Zr, 1:1) calcined at 823 K, which also exhibits good recoverability and recyclability in the five-run test."

For more information on this research see: Pt nanoparticles over TiO2-ZrO2 mixed oxide as multifunctional catalysts for an integrated conversion of furfural to 1,4-butanediol. Applied Catalysis A-General, 2014;478():252-258. Applied Catalysis A-General can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands (see also Nanoparticles).

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from F.B. Li, Chinese Academy Sci, Inst Chem, Key Lab Green Printing, Beijing Natl Lab Mol Sci, Beijing 100190, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include T. Lu, B.F. Chen, Z.J. Huang and G.Q. Yuan.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Beijing, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies, People's Republic of China

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