Efficient Conversion of Maltose into Sorbitol over Magnetic Catalyst in Extremely Low Acid

Jun Zhang, Jibiao Li, Shubin Wu, Ying Liu

Abstract


Ni/Cu/Al/Fe hydrotalcite precursor was synthesized by a co-precipitation method. The activity of the reduced precursor for one-step conversion of maltose into sorbitol in the presence of H2 and extremely low phosphoric acid was investigated. XRD and XPS tests provided the essential properties of the precursor and prepared magnetic catalyst. Effects of various processing parameters towards the reaction performance were studied in detail. A desired sorbitol yield of 93.1% was attained at 458 K for 3 h with a catalyst dosage of 20%. A catalyst recycling experiment demonstrated that Ni4.63Cu1Al1.82Fe0.79 was a better catalyst and could be reused three or four times. The specific reasons for catalyst deactivation were considered in depth.

Keywords


Hydrotalcite precursor; Maltose; Magnetic catalyst; Sorbitol

Full Text: PDF

Welcome to BioResources! This online, peer-reviewed journal is devoted to the science and engineering of biomaterials and chemicals from lignocellulosic sources for new end uses and new capabilities. The editors of BioResources would be very happy to assist you during the process of submitting or reviewing articles. Please note that logging in is required in order to submit or review articles. Martin A. Hubbe, (919) 513-3022, hubbe@ncsu.edu; Lucian A. Lucia, (919) 515-7707, lucian.lucia@gmail.com URLs: bioresourcesjournal.com; http://ncsu.edu/bioresources ISSN: 1930-2126