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- Site-selective ethanol conversion over supported copper catalysts
- Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar)
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
- Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
- The origin and influence of active sites on supported copper catalysts, and their catalytic properties for ethanol conversion, were investigated using Cu/SiO2, Cu2O/SiO2, and Cu/ZrO2. Diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy of adsorbed CO revealed that Cu1+ was more prevalent than Cu-0 species at the Cu/SiO2 surface, and that Cu-0 was the main species on Cu/ZrO2. The Cu1+/Cu-0 pair provided by Cu/SiO2 generates sites that are highly selective for the dehydrogenation of ethanol. Ethyl acetate can be formed from ethanol and acetaldehyde at ZrO2 or Cu surfaces. A combination of the Cu1+/Cu-0 pair and Cu-0 interfaced to ZrO2 is needed to efficiently transform ethanol to ethyl acetate. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
- Catalysis Communications. Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., v. 26, p. 122-126, 2012.
- Elsevier B.V.
- Zirconia polymorphs
- Copper catalysts
- Ethanol chemistry
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