Esben Taarning

Haldor Topsøe, Lyngby, Capital Region, Denmark

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    ABSTRACT: The crystallization of Sn-Beta in fluoride medium is greatly influenced by the amount and type of tin source present in the synthesis gel. By varying the amount of tin in the form of tin(IV) chloride pentahydrate, the time required for crystallization was studied. It was found that tin not only drastically affects the time required for crystallization, but also that the presence of tin changes the morphology of the formed Sn-Beta crystals. For low amounts of tin (Si/Sn = 400) crystallization occurs within four days and the Sn-Beta crystals are capped bipyramidal in shape, whereas for high amounts of tin (Si/Sn = 100) it takes about sixty days to reach full crystallinity and the resulting crystals are highly truncated, almost plate-like in shape. Using SEM-WDS to investigate the tin distribution along transverse sections of the Sn-Beta crystals, a gradient distribution of tin was found in all cases. It was observed that the tin density in the outer parts of the Sn-Beta crystals is roughly twice as high as in the tin depleted core of the crystals. Sn-Beta was found to obtain its maximum catalytic activity for the conversion of dihydroxyacetone to methyl lactate close to the minimum time required for obtaining full crystallinity. At excessive crystallization times, the catalytic activity decreased, presumably due to Ostwald ripening.
    J. Mater. Chem. A. 10/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: The synthesis of buta-1,3-diene from ethanol has been studied over metal-containing (M=Ag, Cu, Ni) oxide catalysts (MOx=MgO, ZrO2, Nb2O5, TiO2, Al2O3) supported on silica. Kinetic study of a wide range of ethanol conversions (2–90 %) allowed the main reaction pathways leading to butadiene and byproducts to be determined. The key reaction steps of butadiene synthesis were found to involve ethanol dehydrogenation, acetaldehyde condensation, and the reduction of crotonaldehyde with ethanol into crotyl alcohol. Catalyst design included the selection of active components for each key reaction step and merging of these components into multifunctional catalysts and adjusting the catalyst functions to achieve the highest selectivity. The best catalytic performance was achieved over the Ag/ZrO2/SiO2 catalyst, which showed the highest selectivity towards butadiene (74 mol %).
    ChemSusChem 08/2014; · 7.48 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Catalysis 07/2014; 316:121–129. · 5.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Furylglycolic acid (FA), a pseudoaromatic hydroxy-acid suitable for copolymerization with lactic acid, can be produced from glucose via enzymatically derived cortalcerone using a combination of Brønsted and Lewis acid catalysts. Cortalcerone is first converted to furylglyoxal hydrate (FH) over a Brønsted acid site (HCl or Al-containing beta-zeolite), and FH is subsequently converted to FA over a Lewis acid site (Sn-beta zeolite). Selectivity for conversion of FH to FA is as high as 80% at 12% conversion using tetrahydrofuran (THF) as a solvent at 358 K. Higher conversion of FH leads to FA-catalyzed degradation of FH and subsequent deactivation of the catalyst by the deposition of carbonaceous residues. The deactivated catalyst can be regenerated by calcination. Cortalcerone can be produced from 10% glucose solution using recombinant Escherichia coli strains expressing pyranose 2-oxidase and aldos-2-ulose dehydratase from the wood-decay fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium BKM-F-1767. This enzymatically derived cortalcerone is converted in one pot to FA in a methanol/water solvent over an Al-containing Sn-beta zeolite possessing both Brønsted and Lewis acid sites, achieving 42% selectivity to FA at 53% cortalcerone conversion.
    ACS Catalysis 10/2013; 3(12):2689–2693. · 5.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Solid acid catalysts were studied at temperatures near 523 K for the production of benzene, toluene, and p-xylene by the reaction of ethylene with furan, 2-methylfuran, and 2,5-dimethylfuran, respectively, through the combination of cycloaddition and dehydrative aromatization reactions. Catalysts containing Brønsted acid and Lewis acid sites (i.e., WOx–ZrO2, niobic acid, zeolite Y, silica–alumina) were more active than catalysts containing predominantly Lewis acid sites (γ-Al2O3, TiO2), which indicates the importance of Brønsted acidity in the production of aromatics. Microporosity is not required for this reaction, because amorphous solid acids and homogeneous Brønsted acids demonstrate significant activity for p-xylene production. The production of p-xylene from 2,5-dimethylfuran proceeded at higher rates compared with the production of toluene and benzene from 2-methylfuran and furan, respectively. Both WOx–ZrO2 and niobic acid demonstrate superior activity for aromatics production than does zeolite Y. WOx–ZrO2 demonstrates a turnover frequency for p-xylene production that is 35 times higher than that demonstrated by zeolite Y. In addition, mesoporous materials such as WOx–ZrO2 offer higher resistance to deactivation by carbon deposition than do microporous materials. Results from Raman spectroscopy and the trend of turnover frequency with varying tungsten surface densities for a series of WOx–ZrO2 catalysts are consistent with previous investigations of other acid-catalyzed reactions; this suggests that the high reactivity of WOx–ZrO2 is mainly associated with the presence of subnanometer WOx clusters mixed with zirconium, which reach a maximum surface concentration at intermediate tungsten coverage.
    ChemCatChem 07/2013; 5(7). · 5.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: AbstractA silica‐supported Ag catalyst has been shown to be an efficient heterogeneous catalyst for the oxidant‐free dehydrogenation of ethanol into acetaldehyde. The reaction mechanism has been investigated by in situ FTIR spectroscopy. The kinetic isotope effects for proton and hydride abstraction have been studied by using CH3CD2OH and CH3CH2OD as labeled reactants. The results indicate that OH bond activation and the formation of a hydrogen‐bonded complex take place on the silica support and that the Ag particles are necessary for the activation of the CH bond. The kinetic isotope effect (k H/k D) is 1.9 for CH3CD2OH and 1.8 for CH3CH2OD. The concerted mechanism of CH cleavage on the Ag sites and proton abstraction on the silica sites is proposed to account for the results of the spectroscopic and kinetic experiments.
    ChemCatChem 01/2013; 5(8). · 5.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The selective conversion of biomass-derived substrates is one of the major challenges facing the chemical industry. Recently stannosilicates have been employed as highly active and selective Lewis acid catalysts for a number of industrially relevan reactions. In the present work, four different stannosilicates have been investigated: Sn-BEA, Sn-MFI, Sn-MCM-41 and Sn-SBA-15. When comparing the properties of tin sites in the structures, substantial differences are observed. Sn-beta displays the highes Lewis acid strength, as measured by probe molecule studies using infrared spectroscopy, which gives it a significantly highe activity at low temperatures than the other structures investigated. Furthermore, the increased acid strength translates int large differences in selectivity between the catalysts, thus demonstrating the influence of the structure on the active site and pointing the way forward for tailoring the active site to the desired reaction.
    Proceedings of The Royal Society A Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences 07/2012; 468(2143):2000-2016. · 2.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Conversions of various pentoses and hexoses into methyl lactate has been demonstrated for the Sn-Beta catalyst. It is found that pentoses are converted to methyl lactate in slightly lower yields (40%) than what is obtained for hexoses (50%), but higher yields of glycolaldehyde dimethyl acetal are observed for the pentoses. This finding is in accordance to a reaction pathway that involves the retro aldol condensation of the sugars to form a triose and glycolaldehyde for the pentoses, and two trioses for hexoses. When reacting glycolaldehyde (formally a C2-sugar) in the presence of Sn-Beta, aldol condensation occurs, leading to the formation of methyl lactate, methyl vinylglycolate and methyl 2-hydroxy-4-methoxybutanoate. In contrast, when converting the sugars in water at low temperatures (100 °C), Sn-Beta catalyses the isomerisation of sugars (ketose–aldose epimers), rather than the formation of lactates.
    Green Chemistry 01/2012; 14(3):702-706. · 6.83 Impact Factor
  • Angewandte Chemie 11/2011; 123(45).
  • Angewandte Chemie International Edition 11/2011; 50(45):10502-9. · 11.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Heterogeneous catalysts have been a central element in the efficient conversion of fossil resources to fuels and chemicals, but their role in biomass utilization is more ambiguous. Zeolites constitute a promising class of heterogeneous catalysts and developments in recent years have demonstrated their potential to find broad use in the conversion of biomass. In this perspective we review and discuss the developments that have taken place in the field of biomass conversion using zeolites. Emphasis is put on the conversion of lignocellulosic material to fuels using conventional zeolites as well as conversion of sugars using Lewis acidic zeolites to produce useful chemicals.
    Energy & Environmental Science 03/2011; 4(3):793-804. · 11.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hierarchical (or mesoporous) zeolites have attracted significant attention during the first decade of the 21st century, and so far this interest continues to increase. There have already been several reviews giving detailed accounts of the developments emphasizing different aspects of this research topic. Until now, the main reason for developing hierarchical zeolites has been to achieve heterogeneous catalysts with improved performance but this particular facet has not yet been reviewed in detail. Thus, the present paper summaries and categorizes the catalytic studies utilizing hierarchical zeolites that have been reported hitherto. Prototypical examples from some of the different categories of catalytic reactions that have been studied using hierarchical zeolite catalysts are highlighted. This clearly illustrates the different ways that improved performance can be achieved with this family of zeolite catalysts. Finally, future opportunities for hierarchical zeolite catalysts are discussed, and the virtues of various preparation methods are outlined, including a discussion of possible pitfalls in the evaluation of new, potential hierarchical zeolite catalysts.
    Catalysis Today - CATAL TODAY. 01/2011; 168(1):3-16.
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    ABSTRACT: Presently, very few compounds of commercial interest are directly accessible from carbohydrates by using nonfermentive approaches. We describe here a catalytic process for the direct formation of methyl lactate from common sugars. Lewis acidic zeotypes, such as Sn-Beta, catalyze the conversion of mono- and disaccharides that are dissolved in methanol to methyl lactate at 160 degrees C. With sucrose as the substrate, methyl lactate yield reaches 68%, and the heterogeneous catalyst can be easily recovered by filtration and reused multiple times after calcination without any substantial change in the product selectivity.
    Science 04/2010; 328(5978):602-5. · 31.20 Impact Factor
  • ChemCatChem 01/2010; 2(8):943-945. · 5.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lactic acid is an interesting platform chemical with many promising applications. This includes the use as a building block for the production of biodegradable plastics and environmentally friendly solvents. A study of the liquid-phase conversion of the triose-sugars, glyceraldehyde and dihydroxyacetone directly to methyl lactate and lactic acid catalyzed by inexpensive commercially available zeolites is presented. One particular zeolite, H-USY (Si/Al=6) is shown to be quite active with near quantitative yields for this isomerization. Deactivation of the H-USY-zeolite was studied by correlating the catalytic activity to data obtained by TPO, XRD, N2-sorption, and NH3-TPD on fresh and used catalysts. Coking and irreversible framework damage occurs when lactic acid is produced under aqueous conditions. In methanol, methyl lactate is produced and catalyst deactivation is suppressed. Additionally, reaction rates for the formation of methyl lactate in methanol are almost an order of magnitude higher as compared to the rate of lactic acid formation in water.
    Journal of Catalysis - J CATAL. 01/2010; 269(1):122-130.
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    ABSTRACT: This Full Paper illustrates the use of the C factor (CO(2)/product mass ratio) as a parameter to evaluate the CO(2)-burden of a product. The C factor contains information of the total amount of CO(2) emitted in order to produce a product, and thus enables a direct comparison of different processes from a CO(2) aspect. We illustrate how this simple concept can be used to evaluate different resource types and processes. The C factors for different chemicals such as methanol, synfuels, and acetic acid are calculated for oil, coal, natural gas, and biomass. Based on these calculations, the combination of biomass and natural gas is an attractive alternative to coal, leading to products that have significantly lower C factors.
    ChemSusChem 12/2009; 2(12):1152-62. · 7.48 Impact Factor
  • ChemSusChem 07/2009; 2(7):625-7. · 7.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: ChemInform is a weekly Abstracting Service, delivering concise information at a glance that was extracted from about 200 leading journals. To access a ChemInform Abstract of an article which was published elsewhere, please select a “Full Text” option. The original article is trackable via the “References” option.
    ChemInform 01/2009; 40(50).