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Alina Mariana Balu   Dr.  University Lecturer 
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Alina Mariana Balu published an article in March 2019.
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Rafael Luque

629 shared publications

Departamento de Química OrgánicaUniversidad de Cordoba Campus Rabanales Edificio Marie Curie (C-3), Ctra Nnal IV−A, km 396 Cordoba Spain

Antonio A. Romero

165 shared publications

Departamento de Química Orgánica, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, Edificio Marie Curie (C-3), Ctra Nnal IV-A, Km 396, E14014, Cordoba, Spain

Daily Rodríguez-Padrón

22 shared publications

Departamento de Química Orgánica, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, Edificio Marie Curie (C-3), Ctra Nnal IV-A, Km 396, E14014, Cordoba, Spain

María Dolores Márquez‐Medina

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Departamento de Química Orgánica, Universidad de Córdoba, Campus de Rabanales, Edificio Marie Curie (C-3), Ctra Nnal IV-A, Km 396, E14014, Cordoba, Spain

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Recent Advances in the Catalytic Production of Platform Chemicals from Holocellulosic Biomass Gerardo Gomez Millan, Sanna Hellsten, Jordi Llorca, Rafael L... Published: 26 March 2019
ChemCatChem, doi: 10.1002/cctc.201801843
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Mechanochemically Synthesized Supported Magnetic Fe-Nanoparticles as Catalysts for Efficient Vanillin Production María Dolores Márquez‐Medina, Daily Rodríguez-Padrón, Alina ... Published: 21 March 2019
Catalysts, doi: 10.3390/catal9030290
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Magnetically separable nanocatalysts were synthesized by incorporating ironnanoparticles on a mesoporous aluminosilicate (Al-SBA-15) through a mechanochemical grindingpathway in a single step. Noticeably, magnetic features were achieved by employing biomass wasteas a carbon source, which additionally may confer high oxygen functionalities to the resultingmaterial. The resulting catalysts were characterized using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectronspectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, porosimetry, andmagnetic susceptibility. The magnetic nanocatalysts were tested in the selective oxidative cleavagereaction of isoeugenol and vanillyl alcohol to vanillin. As a result, the magnetic nanocatalystsdemonstrated high catalytic activity, chemical stability, and enormous separation/reusabilityqualities. The origin of catalytic properties and its relationship with the iron oxide precursor wereanalyzed in terms of the chemical, morphological, and structural properties of the samples. Suchanalysis allows, thus, to highlight the superficial concentration of the iron entities and the interactionwith Al as key factors to obtain a good catalytic response.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Continuous-Flow Hydrogenation of Methyl Levulinate Promoted by Zr-Based Mesoporous Materials Noelia Lázaro, Ana Franco, Weiyi Ouyang, Alina M. Balu, Anto... Published: 02 February 2019
Catalysts, doi: 10.3390/catal9020142
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Several Zr-based materials, including ZrO2 and Zr-SBA-15, with different silicon/zirconium molar ratios, and ZrO2/Si-SBA-15 (where SBA-15 stands for Santa Barbara Amorphous material no. 15), have been prepared as hydrogenation catalysts. The materials were characterized using different characterization techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 porosimetry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM/EDX), diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFT) of pyridine adsorption and the pulsed chromatographic method using pyridine and 2,6-dimethylpyridine as probe molecules, mainly, have been employed for the characterization of the structural, textural, and acidic properties of the synthesized materials, respectively. The catalysts have been evaluated in the hydrogenation reaction of methyl levulinate using 2-propanol as hydrogen donor solvent. The reaction conditions were investigated and stablished at 30 bar system pressure with a reaction temperature of 200 °C using around 0.1 g of catalyst and a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min flow rate of a 0.3 M methyl levulinate solution in 2-propanol. All catalysts employed in this work exhibited good catalytic activities under the investigated conditions, with conversion values in the 15–89% range and, especially, selectivity to Υ-valerolactone in the range of 76–100% (after one hour time on stream). The highest methyl levulinate conversion and selectivity was achieved by ZrO2/Si-SBA-15 which can be explained by the higher dispersion of ZrO2 particles together with a highest accessibility of the Zr sites as compared with other materials such as Zr-SBA-15, also investigated in this work.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Mechanochemical Preparation of Novel Polysaccharide-Supported Nb2O5 Catalysts Esther Rincon, Araceli Garcia, Antonio A. Romero, Luis Serra... Published: 03 January 2019
Catalysts, doi: 10.3390/catal9010038
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Polysaccharides extracted from natural sources can be used as starting material for the preparation of nanoparticle supported composites. A novel family of bio-nanocomposites was mechanochemically synthesized by using niobium oxide and enzymatically produced polysaccharides. The structural, textural and surface properties of nanomaterials, were determined by X-Ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption-desorption (N₂ porosimetry), pulse chromatography, infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). Selective oxidation of isoeugenol to vanillin was carried out to demonstrate the catalytic activity of the Nb-polysaccharides nanocomposites. Interestingly, most of our material showed high conversion of isoeugenol (60–70%) with selectivity to vanillin over 40%. The optimum conversion and selectivity were achieved with a reaction time between 8 and 24 h.
Article 1 Read 0 Citations Continuous flow synthesis of amines from the cascade reactions of nitriles and carbonyl-containing compounds promoted by... Cevher Altug, Mario J. Muñoz-Batista, Daily Rodriguez-Padron... Published: 01 January 2019
Green Chemistry, doi: 10.1039/c8gc03037e
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Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Environmental Catalysis: Present and Future Daily Rodriguez-Padron, Alain R. Puente-Santiago, Alina M. B... Published: 29 November 2018
ChemCatChem, doi: 10.1002/cctc.201801248
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