Cascade transformations of (±)-citronellal to menthol over extruded Ru-MCM-41 catalysts in a continuous reactor

Zuzana Vajglová, Narendra Kumar, Markus Peurla, Kari Eränen, Päivi Mäki-Arvela, Dmitry Yu Murzin*

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Cascade transformations of (±)-citronellal in a continuous mode were investigated over a bifunctional shaped ruthenium catalyst bearing metal clusters of the size 7-13 nm. Four types of Ru/H-MCM-41 extrudates (1.5 × 10 mm) containing 30% of Bindzil-50/80 colloidal silica binder were prepared varying in metal location and metal-To-Acid ratio, while the concentration of Brønsted and Lewis acid sites and textural properties of the final extrudates were comparable. Catalytic tests were performed in the trickle-bed reactor under 70 °C, 10 bar of H2, and the initial reactant concentration in cyclohexane 0.086 mol L-1 for the liquid residence time of 12.5 min. As a reactant, isopulegol, citronellol or (±)-citronellal was used. Metal location in extrudates has a significant effect on the catalytic activity and selectivity especially in terms of isopulegol isomers which content correlated with the metal-To-Acid site ratio. Stereoselectivity to the desired (±)-menthol was 68-70%. The highest amount of the desired menthol, 32% yield, was obtained over extrudates where Ru was deposited on the catalytic support, i.e. with the shortest distance between the acid and metal sites, the lowest Brønsted acidity, the lowest Brønsted-Lewis acid sites ratio, the highest specific surface area and the narrowest range of the Ru particle size distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8108-8119
Number of pages12
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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