Catalysis in Industry

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 301–312 | Cite as

The Use of the Ru-Containing Catalyst Based on Hypercrosslinked Polystyrene in the Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid to γ-Valerolactone

  • I. I. ProtsenkoEmail author
  • D. A. AbusuekEmail author
  • L. Zh. NikoshviliEmail author
  • A. V. BykovEmail author
  • V. G. MatveevaEmail author
  • E. M. SulmanEmail author


RuO2 particles stabilized in a polymeric matrix of hypercrosslinked polystyrene of MN100 type (5% Ru/MN100) are characterized by physicochemical methods (low-temperature nitrogen adsorption, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy), and the catalytic activity of these particles is studied in the reaction of selective hydrogenation of levulinic acid (LA) to γ-valerolactone (GVL). It is shown that synthesized catalyst 5% Ru/MN100 ensures a GVL yield above 99% under mild reaction conditions (90°C; hydrogen partial pressure, 2 MPa) in an aqueous medium and can compete with commercial catalyst 5% Ru/C.


γ-valerolactone levulinic acid catalytic hydrogenation ruthenium hypercrosslinked polystyrene 



This work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grant no. 15-08-01469).

The authors thank L. M. Bronstein (Department of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA) and B.D. Stein (Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA) for their help in performing TEM studies. We also thank A.S. Morozov and I.V. Bessonov (AO Perspektivnye meditsinskie tekhnologii) for their assistance in conducting SEM studies at the Laboratory of Chemical Synthesis, Composite Materials Interdisciplinary Engineering Center, Bauman State Technical University, Moscow, Russia.


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  1. 1.Tver State Technical UniversityTverRussia

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