New synthesis route for biofuel production

Team led by Martin Muhler and Baoxiang Peng achieved high yield and selectivity under mild reaction conditions

Prof. Martin Muhler is Max Planck Fellow at MPI CEC since 2015.

Great success for Prof. Martin Muhler, Max Planck Fellow at MPI CEC, Dr. Boaxiang Peng and their team at Ruhr University Bochum in the synthesis of biofuel.

The scientists have succeeded in achieving a particularly high yield and selectivity with less aggressive reaction conditions compared to previous methods. This is a great success for all involved, as biomass catalysis is a highly competitive field of research.

Together with scientists from Prof. Dr. Christof Hättig's group at the RUB and researchers from Changzhou, China, Martin Muhler and Boaxiang Penk recently published the results in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

A more detailed description of the new synthesis method and the research results can be found in the RUB news.

Original publication: Bin Hu et al.: Formic acid-assisted selective hydrogenolysis of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-Dimethylfuran over bifunctional Pd nanoparticles supported on N-doped mesoporous carbon, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2021, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202012816