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Keywords:

  • biomass;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • hydrogenation;
  • multifunctional catalyst;
  • platform chemicals
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A sustainable supply chain: The controlled transformation of the biomass-derived platform compounds levulinic acid (LA) and itaconic acid (IA) into the corresponding lactones, diols, or cyclic ethers (see picture) by using a multifunctional molecular catalyst is described.