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A non-noble bimetallic alloy in the highly selective electrochemical synthesis of the biofuel 2,5-dimethylfuran from 5-hydroxymethylfurfural
- Zhang, Yan-Ru, Wang, Bing-Xin, Qin, Lei, Li, Qiang, Fan, Yong-Ming
- Green chemistry 2019 v.21 no.5 pp. 1108-1113
- X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, alloys, biofuels, electrodes, electrosynthesis, gasoline, green chemistry, hydrogen, hydrogenation, hydroxymethylfurfural, scanning electron microscopy
- The conversion of HMF to DMF has received great attention due to its potential as a gasoline alternative. Electrosynthesis is a powerful green tool due to its significant advantages and provides an efficient and environmentally friendly route. In this work, the process uses water as the hydrogen source in the electro-catalytic reduction of 5-hydromethylfurfural (HMF) for the synthesis of 2,5-dimethyl-furan (DMF). The performance of a non-noble CuNi bimetallic electrode was investigated in the electro-catalytic hydrogenation of HMF. The electrodes prepared were characterized using XRD, SEM, XPS, and BET techniques. 88.0% faradaic efficiency of DMF and 91.1% conversion selectivity of DMF were achieved. The CuNi bimetallic electrode also displayed a good stability during the reduction of HMF to DMF.