Molybdenum Carbide: Deoxygenation Catalyst for Converting Furfural to 2-Methylfuran

Molybdenum carbide (Mo2C) is identified as a highly selective deoxygenation catalyst for making 2-methylfuran from furfural . (

Selectively cleaving the CO bond outside the furan ring of furfural is crucial for converting this important biomass-derived molecule to value-added fuels such as 2-methylfuran. In this work, a combination of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, surface science studies, and reactor evaluation identified molybdenum carbide (Mo2C) as a highly selective deoxygenation catalyst for converting furfural to 2-methylfuran.

DalinYebo‘s insight:
2-Methylfuran is a flammable, water-insoluble liquid with a chocolate odor, found naturally in Myrtle and Dutch Lavender used as a FEMA GRAS flavoring substance, with the potential for use in alternative fuels (
It is also used as a basis for the synthesis of many pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial chemicals (

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