Conversion of furan derivatives for preparation of biofuels over Ni-Cu/C catalyst

Zhaolin Fu, Z. Wang, Weigang Lin, Wenli Song

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Conversions of furfural and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural as model components in bio-oil were investigated over Ni-Cu/C catalyst with formic acid as hydrogen donor in isopropanol solvent to produce biofuels. The effects of reaction temperature, feed ratio, and reaction time were studied. A high yield of 2-methylfuran up to 91 mol% was obtained from furfural in 8 h at 200°C, and under same conditions 80 mol% yield of 2,5-dimethylfuran could also be obtained from 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in 6 h. The results verified the catalyst performance and the availability of the reaction conditions for producing biofuels from furan derivatives.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Sources. Part A. Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1176-1181
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • 2,5-dimethylfuran
  • 2-methylfuran
  • 5-hydroxymethylfurfural
  • Biofuel
  • Furfural
  • Hydrogen donor


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