Trends in the Hydrodeoxygenation Activity and Selectivity of Transition Metal Surfaces

Adam C. Lausche, Hanne Falsig, Anker Degn Jensen, Felix Studt

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This paper reports the use of a combination of density functional theory and microkinetic modelling to establish trends in the hydrodeoxygenation rates and selectivites of transition metal surfaces. Biomass and biomass-derived chemicals often contain large fractions of oxygenates. Removal of the oxygen through hydrotreating represents one strategy for producing commodity chemicals from these renewable materials. Using the model developed in this paper, we predict ethylene glycol hydrodeoxygenation selectivities for transition metals that are consistent with those reported in the literature. Furthermore, the insights discussed in this paper present a framework for designing catalytic materials for facilitating these conversions efficiently.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1968-1972
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • HASH(0x4720f40)
  • Ethylene glycol
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Scaling relations
  • Density functional calculations
  • Transition metals


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