Co-Aromatization of Furan and Methanol over ZSM-5 - A Pathway to Bio-Aromatics

Evgeny A. Uslamin, Nikolay Kosinov*, Georgy A. Filonenko, Brahim Mezari, Evgeny Pidko, Emiel J.M. Hensen

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Aromatization of furan and substituted furans over zeolite catalysts is a promising reaction to convert cellulose-derived compounds into valuable aromatic hydrocarbons and light olefins. A lack of understanding of the reaction mechanism however hinders further development of this process. Here, we propose the reaction mechanism, underlying the chemistry of furan and methanol co-aromatization over HZSM-5 zeolite catalyst. Applying 13C isotope labeling in a combination with NMR spectroscopy and high temporal resolution gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis, we demonstrate that aromatization of furan and methanol are not mechanistically separated and can be described within the dual-cycle hydrocarbon pool mechanism. Cofeeding furan with methanol leads to a significant enhancement of light aromatics selectivity and increased catalyst lifetime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8547-8554
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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  • aromatics
  • biomass
  • furan, methanol-to-aromatics
  • zeolite


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