Catalysis Letters

, Volume 146, Issue 10, pp 2032–2040 | Cite as

Fe/MMT as an Effective Catalyst for Furan Production from Eucalyptus Enzymatic Hydrolysate in Biphasic Systems

  • Weiqi Wei
  • Shubin Wu


Heterogeneous catalyst, Fe/MMT, was prepared by ion-exchanged and used for conversion the eucalyptus enzymatic hydrolysate into furan products. The result shown prepared Fe/MMT catalyst, having large specific surface area and high acid loading, containing both Lewis and Brønsted acid sites, displayed high activity and good stability during the dehydration reaction. The highest 5-HMF and furfural yields obtained from enzymatic hydrolysate are up to 70.21 and 78.84 %, respectively, a slight higher than those from pure sugar solution. Moreover, a reaction pathway for conversion of C6 and C5 sugar that in the hydrolysate into furan products in the present of Fe/MMT catalyst were also proposed in this study.

Graphical Abstract


Eucalyptus enzymatic hydrolysate Fe/MMT catalyst Catalytic conversion Furan products 



The authors greatly acknowledge the support of Science and Technology Project of Guangzhou City (No. 201607020025), National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2013CB228101), and State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Engineering (No. 2014T05).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Pulp and Paper EngineeringSouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina

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