Hydroconversion of acetic acid over carbon aerogel supported molybdenum catalyst

Dániel Ábrahám, Balázs Nagy, Gábor Dobos, János Madarász, György Onyestyák, Mikhail V. Trenikhin, Krisztina László

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High surface area carbon aerogels with increasing molybdenum content were obtained by carbonization of resorcinol-formaldehyde polymer aerogels after incipient wetness impregnation (IWI). The Mo(VI) form of the impregnant was converted into different molybdenum species during the heat treatment, resulting in samples with substantially different surface and bulk compositions. The samples were tested in the hydroconversion reaction of acetic acid, a model biomass. The reaction pathways and the product distribution were governed by the accessibility of the carbon surface as well as by the amount and form of Mo. The highest selectivity for ethanol was 16%, when 85% of the acetic acid was converted. Post-catalyst analysis of the aerogels revealed that their morphology and chemistry changed substantially during the redox processes. The products of each of the three potential pathways (hydrogenolysis, ketonization and consecutive reduction) oxidized the surface even in the reductive hydrogen flow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-53
Number of pages8
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
Publication statusPublished - May 15 2014


  • Biomass conversion
  • Catalysis
  • Molybdenum
  • Porous carbon support
  • XPS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials

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