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Continuous catalytic upgrading of ethanol to n-butanol over Cu–CeO₂/AC catalysts
- Jiang, Dahao, Wu, Xianyuan, Mao, Jun, Ni, Jun, Li, Xiaonian
- Chemical communications 2016 v.52 no.95 pp. 13749-13752
- activated carbon, butanol, catalysts, catalytic activity, ceric oxide, chemical reactions, copper, ethanol
- Cu–CeO₂/AC catalysts exhibited extraordinary catalytic performance in the upgradation of ethanol to n-butanol. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report that the highest n-butanol yields of 21.6% and nearly 20% could be achieved over heterogeneous catalysts under mild reaction conditions in batch and fixed-bed reactors, respectively. The high catalytic activity, selectivity and stability of these catalysts could be ascribed to the synergy of Cu, CeO₂ and the activated carbon support.