Project's information

Project's title Synthesis of MOF-derived nanostructed material for conversion of biomass into high-value chemicals
Project’s code GUST.STS.ĐT2020-KHVL08
Research hosting institution Graduate University of Science and Technology
Project leader’s name PhD. Nguyen Van Chi
Project duration 01/09/2020 - 28/02/2023
Project’s budget 408 million VND
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Goal and objectives of the project

- To synthesize nanostructured material from metal-organic frameworks (MOF);

- To determine physical and chemical properties of the synthesized materials via XRDd, BET, TEM, XPS;

- To investigate the materials for conversion of biomass into high-value chemicals. 

Main results

- Theoretical results:
This work reported the synthesis of two nanostructed materials from MOFs, named P-UiO-66 và Co3O4-C, which have specific property. P-UiO-66 pocess a strong acidity to be synthesized by the reaction of UiO-66 and phosphate reagent. Meanwhile, Co3O4-C nanostructured material was synthesized via pyrolysis ZIF-67 under the N2 condition. 
The study shown that P-UiO-66 exhibited high activity for the catalytic conversion of glucose into HMF with a yield of 99% at optimal reaction condition (180 oC, 8 , 0,05 g catalyst). The catalytic activity of P-UiO-66 was de to the presence of the functional functions such as  PO43- and Z-O-P. Additionlly, P-UiO-66 was stable and recyclable. 
On the other hand, the Co3O4-C was applied for the hydrogenation of furfural into tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFAL). This is the first time the usage of oxide metal to convert furfural into THFAL with the high yield of 88.5%. The research also demonstrated that  the catalytic activity of Co3O4-C-700 related to partical size and Co3+ in the material.
- Applied results:
The results of project can be applied for the dehydration and hydrogenation reaction of the biomass conversion in future. 

Novelty and actuality and scientific meaningfulness of the results
Thi study reported the modification of UiO-66 with a inexpensive reagent and mild reaction conditions, thus the struture of the material still remained. The midificated material (P-UiO-66) has strong acidity, compared to the UiO-66 precusor. Additionally, the P-UiO-66 was demonstrated as an active solid catalyst for glucose conversion to HMF.
The work discovered the metal oxide catalyst (Co3O4-C) for hydrogenation of furfural (FA) into THFAL.  This is the first time that metal oxide catalyst has been used as heterogeneous catalyst for hydorgenation of FA to THFAL.
The results contribute to the development the heterogeneous catalysts for biomass conversion in the future. 
Products of the project

- Scientific papers in referred journals (list): 01 paper on National Scientific Journal, 01 ISI paper
+ Nguyễn Văn Chí, Nguyễn Phương Tùng, Phạm Duy Khanh và Trần Ngọc Quyển (2022). “Nghiên cứu chuyển hóa glucose thành 5-hydroxylmethylfur//fural sử dụng P-UiO-66 làm chất xúc tác dị thể”, Tạp chí Khoa học Trường Đại học Cần Thơ, 58(6A), 30-35.  
+ Chi Van Nguyen, Giau M. Le, Tung T. Nguyen, Thuan Van Tran, To Vu Thanh Dien, Phuong-Tung Nguyen, Tran Ngoc Quyen, Nam T. S. Phan. “ Efficient Conversion of Biomass-Derived Furfural to Tetrahydrofurfuryl Alcohol over Co3O4-C Nanocomposite Catalyst at Mild Conditions”, Chemselect (Accepted, 19/01/2023).

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