Hydrogenolysis of dimethyl adipate over modified CuZnAl catalysts
Garcia Fernandez, Jon Ander
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Ingles The purpose of this project is to perform stability tests of CuZnAl-based catalyst as a substitute to the copper-chromium Adkins catalyst used for ester hydrogenolysis reactions. This comes from the fact that chromium is a heavy and toxic metal and European Union have passed legislation to limit its industrial use. For this reason, this project has been framed inside green chemistry. CuZnAl was previously study as a substitute, but there is not enough data about the stability of the catalyst over long reaction periods of time that would be needed for industrial use. In this case, dimethyl adipate as a reactant was chosen and then hexane-1,6-diol as a product was detected.