Continuous flow conversion of biomass-derived methyl levulinate into gamma valerolactone using functional metal organic frameworks
Balu, Alina M.
Catalytic transfer hydrogenation (CTH)
Metal organic framework
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Zirconium based metal organic framework, UiO-66 (Zr), was successfully synthesized via solvothermal method, followed by various characterization including XRD, thermal analysis, N2 physisorption and TEM. As-synthesized UiO-66 (Zr) was employed in the transformation of methyl levulinate (ML) to gamma valerolactone (GVL) via catalytic transfer hydrogenation (CTH) under continuous flow and various reaction conditions, which gave superior catalytic performance and efficiency as compared to reported catalysts. The obtained results show great potential of applying UiO-66 (Zr) in upgrading biomass derivatives to useful biofuel/chemical products, paving the way for green energy production from renewable resources.