Catalysis Letters

, Volume 144, Issue 10, pp 1728–1734 | Cite as

Selective Conversion of Cellulose into Ethylene Glycol over Metal–Organic Framework-Derived Multifunctional Catalysts



A multifunctional catalyst of ruthenium supported on NENU-3 [a hybrid of phosphotungstic acid (PTA) and HKUST-1] is developed. An ethylene glycol (EG) yield of 50.2 % can be directly obtained from cellulose with Ru/NENU-3 as catalyst under optimized conditions. As a multifunctional catalyst of Ru/NENU-3, the presence of both the active specie of PTA for cellulose hydrolysis and subsequent C–C bond cleavage of cellulose-derived sugars, and the active specie of Ru for glycolaldehyde hydrogenation is indispensible for the formation of EG from cellulose.

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Cellulose Ethylene glycol Metal–organic frameworks Multifunctional catalyst Ruthenium 



This work was financially supported by National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program, 2012CB215304), 100 Talents Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Guangdong Natural Science Foundation (S2013010012986, S2011010002274 and S2013040012615).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CAS Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangzhou Institute of Energy ConversionChinese Academy of SciencesGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Environment and EnergySouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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