Hydrogenolysis of ethyl formate over copper-based catalysts

J. W. Evans*, N. W. Cant, D. L. Trimm, M. S. Wainwright

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Hydrogenolysis of ethyl formate to methanol and ethanol has been found to proceed at moderate temperatures and pressures. Copper-based catalysts having an open pore structure have the greatest activity and selectivity for the hydrogenolysis reaction. Small amounts of CO, CO2 and ethyl acetate are formed as byproducts at atmospheric pressure, but these are reduced by operation at higher hydrogen pressures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-362
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Catalysis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 1983


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