Efficient electrocatalytic reduction of furfural to furfuryl alcohol in a microchannel flow reactor

Yiran Cao, Timothy Noël (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Furfural is considered to be an essential biobased platform molecule. Recently, its electrocatalytic hydrogenation is regarded as a more environmentally friendly process compared to traditional catalytic hydrogenation. In this study, a new, continuous-flow approach enabling furfural electrocatalytic reduction was developed. In an undivided multichannel electrochemical flow reactor at ambient temperature and pressure in basic reaction conditions, the yield of furfuryl alcohol reached up to 90% in only 10 min residence time. Interestingly, the faradaic efficiency was 90%, showing a good effectiveness of the consumed electrons in the generation of the targeted compound. Furthermore, the innovation lies in the direct electrolysis using the green solvent ethanol without the need for membrane separation or catalyst modification, which offers further proof for continuous and sustainable production in industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-408
Number of pages6
JournalOrganic Process Research & Development
Volume23
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • electrochemistry
  • flow chemistry
  • flow electrochemistry
  • furfural
  • furfuryl alcohol
  • microreactor

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