Catalytic conversion of ethyl lactate to 1,2-propanediol over CuO

Song Zhang, Zhibao Huo, Dezhang Ren, Jiang Luo, Jun Fu, Lu Li, Fangming Jin

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An efficient conversion of biomass-derived ethyl lactate to 1,2-propanediol (1,2-PDO) over CuO was investigated. Among the catalysts we tested, CuO, Cu2O and Co showed excellent catalytic activity for the conversion of ethyl lactate to 1,2-PDO in water, and CuO was more active and gave the best result. The 1,2-PDO yield of 93.6% was achieved when Zn acted as a reductant. The results indicated that in situ formed hydrogen by the oxidation of Zn in water is more effective than gaseous hydrogen, which failed to produce the 1,2-PDO from ethyl lactate. From a practical point of view, the present method may provide a useful route for the production of 1,2-PDO from ethyl lactate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-131
Number of pages6
JournalChinese Journal of Chemical Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1


  • 1,2-propanediol
  • Biomass
  • CuO
  • Ethyl lactate
  • Hydrothermal reactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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