publication . Thesis . 2016

Surface chemistry of 2-butanol and furfural on Cu, Au and Cu/Au single crystals

Megginson, Rory;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: University of St Andrews
  • Country: United States
Abstract
In this study, the adsorption of 2-butanol and furfural was investigated on Au (111), Cu (111) and Cu/Au (111) surfaces. It was hoped that by studying how these species adsorbed on these surfaces , insight would be provided into the roles of Cu and Au in the “hydrogen free” hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol. This is a valuable process as currently furfuryl alcohol is derived from crude oil but it is possible to derive furfural from corn husk making it a greener process. The surfaces were studied under ultra-high vacuum conditions using scanning tunnelling microscopy, thermal desorption spectroscopy and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscop...
Subjects
free text keywords: QD506.M4, Surface chemistry, Furfural, Hydrogenation
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