Development of Ru-PEEK-WC catalytic membrane using a more sustainable solvent for stable hydrogenation reactions

Giuseppe Bagnato, Alberto Figoli, Rhea Garbe, Francesca Russo, Francesco Galiano, Aimaro Sanna

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As a promising technique for multiphase catalytic reactions, the widespread applications of gas–liquid– solid microreactors are still limited by poor durability. Hence, in this work a novel catalytic membrane was synthesised for carrying out the hydrogenation reaction of a bio-oil model compounds. A PEEK-WC membrane was obtained by VIPS/ NIPS technique using a more sustainable solvent (Tamisolve® NxG), with subsequently surface solfanation and doped with Ru. The modified membrane was characterised with different techniques and subsequently tested for the model compounds hydrogenation under mild conditions, achieving 75% furfural conversion and 57.5% furfuryl alcohol selectivity at 85 °C and 18 bar, while only 33% vanillin was converted to vanillin alcohol. The TOF for furfural resulted comparable to that of previously tested catalysts in conventional reactors. The microreactor performed in a stable manner for about 90 h with less than 1% Ru leached out in solution, outperforming previously tested Ru-PES membrane.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106766
JournalFuel Processing Technology
Early online date15 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • Furfural
  • Hydrogenation
  • Membrane reactor
  • Microreactors
  • Vanillin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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