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Hydroxymethyl furfural oxidation methods

United States Patent

April 20, 2010
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A method of oxidizing hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) includes providing a starting material which includes HMF in a solvent comprising water into a reactor. At least one of air and O.sub.2 is provided into the reactor. The starting material is contacted with the catalyst comprising Pt on a support material where the contacting is conducted at a reactor temperature of from about C. to about C. A method of producing an oxidation catalyst where ZrO.sub.2 is provided and is calcined. The ZrO.sub.2 is mixed with platinum (II) acetylacetonate to form a mixture. The mixture is subjected to rotary evaporation to form a product. The product is calcined and reduced under hydrogen to form an activated product. The activated product is passivated under a flow of 2% O.sub.2.
Lilga; Michael A. (Richland, WA), Hallen; Richard T. (Richland, WA), Hu; Jianli (Overland Park, KS), White; James F. (Richland, WA), Gray; Michel J. (Pasco, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
11/ 932,436
October 31, 2007