Improving the catalytic behavior of Ni/Al2O3 by indium in reduction of carboxylic acid to alcohol

G. Onyestyák, Szabolcs Harnos, D. Kalló

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Abstract

Octanoic acid (OA) was used as reactant with medium chain length to model the aliphatic carboxylic acids which can be produced by catalytic, thermochemical or biological degradation of biomass. A flow through reactor was applied at 21 bar total pressure (in general 20 bar hydrogen and 1 bar octanoic acid partial pressures) and 240-360°C. Fatty acid conversion activity of alumina supported Ni catalysts and the yield of selectively produced alcohol can be increased drastically by In2O3 doping. Appearance of metallic indium can effectively direct the step by step catalytic reduction to alcohol formation over partly reduced Ni catalysts instead of chain shortening hydrodecarbonylation. On comparing a commercial, conventionally used Adkins catalyst (consisting of 72 wt.% CuCr2O4 and 28 wt.% CuO) and novel bimetallic alumina supported composite (InNi/Al2O 3) producing alcohol with high selectivity, the chromium-free, environmental benign hydrogenation catalyst seems to be much more active.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-188
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis Communications
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 30 2011

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Indium
Carboxylic Acids
Carboxylic acids
Alcohols
Catalysts
Aluminum Oxide
Alumina
Acids
Catalyst selectivity
Chromium
Chain length
Fatty acids
Partial pressure
Hydrogenation
Hydrogen
Biomass
Fatty Acids
Doping (additives)
Degradation
Composite materials

Keywords

  • Alcohols
  • Biomass
  • Fatty acids
  • Hydroconversion
  • In O doping
  • Ni/alumina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Chemistry(all)

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Improving the catalytic behavior of Ni/Al2O3 by indium in reduction of carboxylic acid to alcohol. / Onyestyák, G.; Harnos, Szabolcs; Kalló, D.

In: Catalysis Communications, Vol. 16, No. 1, 30.11.2011, p. 184-188.

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