Acetalization of furfural with zeolites under benign reaction conditions

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2014

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Acetalization is a viable method to protect carbonyl functionalities in organic compounds and offers apotential synthetic strategy for synthesizing derived chemicals. In this work, several families of commer-cial zeolites have been employed as solid acid catalysts in the acetalization of furfural to form furfuraldiethyl acetal at room temperature using ethanol as a renewable solvent. Among the tested catalysts,H-USY (6) provided the highest catalytic activity (79% acetal yield), excellent selectivity and reusabilityin five consecutive reaction runs. Process parameters such as, e.g. reaction time, catalyst loading andapplicability of different lower alcohols were evaluated and optimized
Original languageEnglish
JournalCatalysis Today
Volume234
Pages (from-to)233-236
ISSN0920-5861
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 16

    Keywords

  • Furfural, Zeolites, H-USY (6), Furfural diethyl acetal, Ethanol
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