Zr-MOFs–catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol: Unveiled performance of DUT-52

Karina Dania Agusta, Martina Fridayanti Miharja, Aditya Wibawa Sakti, Ubed Sonai Fahruddin Arrozi, Laela Mukaromah, Aep Patah, Takayoshi Hara, Yessi Permana*

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Catalytic transfer hydrogenation (CTH) of 2-furfuraldehyde (FALD) at 1 atm has potential industrial applications to produce furfuryl alcohol (FOL) and its derivatives mildly. The process was explored using alcohols in the absence of H2. Solvothermally prepared zirconium(IV) metal organic frameworks (Zr-MOFs) of DUT-52 (DUT: Dresden University of Technology) and UiO-66 (UiO: University of Oslo) were employed in the CTH. Energetic studies (GFN2-xTB level) revealed a similar Gibbs free energy of DUT-52 and UiO-66 when they were reacted by 2-propanol. Electrostatic potential (ESP) charges and Wiberg bond order (WBO) calculations showed that two Zr atoms available for FALD coordination had higher Lewis acidity in DUT-52 than UiO-66. DUT-52 successfully gave >99% of FOL in 3 h at 160 °C under 2-propanol with Ea of 61 kJ/mol and an equal turnover frequency (TOF) to UiO-66 (5.4 h−1). DUT-52 was also easily recyclable up to the 4th run with no significant performance loss.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112265
JournalMolecular Catalysis
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May


  • Catalytic transfer hydrogenation
  • DUT-52
  • Furfuraldehyde
  • Furfuryl alcohol
  • GFN2-xTB

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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