This work was supported by CREST, the Japan Science and Technology Agency. We thank Prof. K. Seki for LC–MS analysis, Prof. K. Kuroda for assistance with X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and Dr. S. Inagaki, Dr. S. Yano, Prof. T. Erata, Prof. M. Niwa, and Prof. H. Hattori for helpful discussions.
Catalytic Conversion of Cellulose into Sugar Alcohols†
Article first published online: 6 JUL 2006
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Angewandte Chemie International Edition
Volume 45, Issue 31, pages 5161–5163, August 4, 2006
How to Cite
Fukuoka, A. and Dhepe, P. L. (2006), Catalytic Conversion of Cellulose into Sugar Alcohols. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 45: 5161–5163. doi: 10.1002/anie.200601921
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 6 JUL 2006
- Manuscript Received: 15 MAY 2006
- heterogeneous catalysis;
Sweetly done: Pt or Ru catalysts supported on inorganic oxides show high activity for the conversion of cellulose into sugar alcohols (mainly sorbitol) in water under hydrogen pressure; furthermore, the catalysts can be recycled over repeated runs. Glucose is produced in low yields, thus suggesting that the Pt (or Ru)/oxide works as a bifunctional catalyst for the hydrolysis of cellulose and subsequent reduction to sugar alcohols.