Direct decarbonylation of furfural to furan: A density functional theory study on Pt-graphene
AuthorFellah, Mehmet Ferdi
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The catalytic mechanism of direct decarbonylation of furfural to furan on Pt graphene surface has been investigated by means of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The main catalytic mechanism proposed in this study has six steps such as furfural adsorption, dissociation of H from adsorbed furfural, dissociation of carbon monoxide (molecularly) from adsorbed complex, furan formation and desorption of products. It has been concluded that the rate determining step for direct decarbonylation of furfural to furan is furan formation step and global activation barrier for this catalytic system is 82 kJ/mol consisting of zero point energy and thermal energy corrections. Pt-graphene structure has an important role on the catalytic decarbonylation of furfural to furan without any other reactants. This accordingly points out that Pt doped graphene structure might be an encouraging catalyst for direct decarbonylation of furfural to furan molecule as a valuable chemical material. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.