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Hydrogenation of α-alkylfurfuryl alcohols over an Ni-ZnO catalyst

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In the hydrogenation of α-alkylfurfuryl alcohols in the vapor phase over an Ni-ZnO catalyst at 200–250°, reduction of the hydroxy group occurs with formation of 2-alkylfurans; these compounds are converted, partially or completely according to the temperature, into the corresponding aliphatic ketones as a result of the hydrogenolysis of the ring at the C-O bond.

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Shuikin, N.I., Bel'skii, I.F. Hydrogenation of α-alkylfurfuryl alcohols over an Ni-ZnO catalyst. Russ Chem Bull 7, 487–488 (1958).

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  • Hydrogenation
  • Alcohol
  • Ketone
  • Vapor Phase
  • Hydroxy Group