Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (2016), pp. 1-8
DOI information: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2015.11.013
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Mesoporous silica was prepared by the sol–gel method and characterized by means of Small Angle X-Ray Scattering, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Light Scattering, adsorption/desorption of N2 and acid-base titration. This material was tested in cellulose hydrolysis, showing a good catalytic response, attributable to surface acidity, which promoted d-Glucose production. MCM-48 supported ruthenium nanoparticles were prepared by the wet impregnation method and characterized using X-Ray Diffraction, Transmission Electron Microscopy, adsorption/desorption of N2, acid-base titrations, Temperature Programmed Reduction and Atomic Absorption, and tested in the hydrogenation of d-Glucose into sorbitol. Its behavior was compared with Ru deposited on commercial TiO2 and with commercial Ru/C, revealing both high activity and selectivity to D-Sorbitol, standing as a promising candidate for future scale-up and one-pot conversion of biomass.