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An investigation on AuPt and AuPt-Bi on granular carbon as catalysts for the oxidation of glycerol under continuous flow conditions

Motta, Davide, Sanchez Trujillo, Felipe Juan, Dimitratos, Nikolaos, Villa, Alberto and Prati, Laura 2018. An investigation on AuPt and AuPt-Bi on granular carbon as catalysts for the oxidation of glycerol under continuous flow conditions. Catalysis Today 308 , pp. 50-57. 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.10.012

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AuPt/AC and Bi modified AuPt/AC were prepared by impregnation using activated granular carbon as support followed by chemical reduction. The catalysts were characterized by means of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The catalysts were evaluated in the base free glycerol oxidation at mild reaction conditions in a continuous flow fixed bed reactor. Experimental parameters, such as, contact time (Liquid Hourly Space Velocity: LHSV), temperature and O2 flow have been varied in order to evaluate catalytic performance in terms of activity, selectivity and long-term stability. Under optimized reaction conditions AuPt/AC showed a high selectivity to glyceric acid (68.3%) whereas Bi-AuPt/AC promoted the oxidation of the secondary alcohol giving a selectivity to dihydroxyacetone (DHA) of 48.1% at 28% conversion, one of the most promising values reported in the current literature. Long-term catalytic performance was carried out for 80 h and revealed a reasonable good stability of AuPt/AC against deactivation and leaching, whereas structural modification and subsequent changes in the catalytic reactivity were envisaged for Bi-AuPt/AC catalyst.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0920-5861
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 12 October 2017
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2021 01:55

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