Hydrogenolysis of hydroxymatairesinol over carbon-supported palladium catalysts

Heidi Markus, Päivi Mäki-Arvela, Narendra Kumar, Natalya V. Kul'kova, Patrik Christoffer Eklund, Rainer Sjöholm, Bjarne Holmbom, Tapio Salmi, Dmitry Murzin

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    The natural lignan hydroxymatairesinol was hydrogenolysed to a potential anticarcinogenic substance matairesinol over different carbon-supported palladium catalysts. The reaction was conducted in 2-propanol at 70 degrees C under hydrogen flow in a stirred glass reactor. The catalysts were characterised by N-2-physisorption, CO pulse chemisorption and pH measurement of aqueous catalyst slurries. The most active catalyst (Degussa-Huls) gave yields of matairesinol over 90% in 4 h. It was concluded that the acidity of the catalyst had a profound influence on the reaction rate.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)125–131
    Number of pages7
    JournalCatalysis Letters
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • carbon-supported palladium catalyst
    • hydrogenolysis
    • hydroxymatairesinol
    • lignans
    • matairesinol

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