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In the present work, a series of Au- and Au–Cu-containing catalysts based on different carriers such as TiO2 and CeO2 were studied with a view to increasing the activity and selectivity in 5-hydroxymethylfurfural oxidation by optimizing the interaction both between the metals and with the support. The results obtained demonstrated the high activity in HMF oxidation of gold supported on ceria and titania. Nevertheless, although the particle size of gold on both supports was comparable, Au/CeO2 showed significantly higher activity than Au/TiO2, thus corroborating the theory that not only the gold particle size, but the support also, plays a key role in HMF oxidation in the aqueous phase. Indeed, pre-made uniform nanoparticles, used for catalyst preparation, were surface-bound by poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) – the stabilizer used during nanoparticle synthesis – whose presence proved to prevent the interaction of active …
Publication date: 
28 Feb 2015

Stefania Albonetti, Alice Lolli, Vittorio Morandi, Andrea Migliori, Carlo Lucarelli, Fabrizio Cavani

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Volume: 163 Pages: 520-530
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental