The effect of textural properties on the hydrogenation of succinic acid using palladium incorporated mesoporous supports

Sang Ho Chung, Young Moo Park, Min Sung Kim, Kwan Young Lee

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In this study, we examined the effect of the textural properties of support materials on the palladium-catalyzed hydrogenation of succinic acid using mesoporous supports (MCM-41 and SBA-15). The physicochemical properties of these prepared heterogeneous catalysts were characterized by N 2 adsorption-desorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). When palladium was loaded into the mesoporous supports by incipient wetness method, most palladium particles was incorporated inside the pore channels of SBA-15 support whereas the majority of particles were formed external to the pores of MCM-41 support. The small size of the palladium particles and the large pores of the Pd/SBA-15 catalyst enhanced the catalytic activity on the hydrogenation of succinic acid and the production of γ-butyrolactone (GBL) and tetrahydrofuran (THF); for Pd/MCM-41 catalyst, it was found that the large Pd particles and the small pore size enhanced the production of 1,4-butanediol (BDO). These catalysts showed promise as sustainable alternatives to current methods of manufacture for hydrocarbon derived products such as GBL, THF and BDO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-210
Number of pages6
JournalCatalysis Today
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 20



  • 1,4-Butanediol
  • Heterogeneous Pd catalysts
  • MCM-41
  • SBA-15
  • Succinic acid hydrogenation
  • Tetrahydrofuran
  • γ-Butyrolactone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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