Hydrogenolysis Goes Bio: From Carbohydrates and Sugar Alcohols to Platform Chemicals

Authors

  • Dr. Agnieszka M. Ruppert,

    1. Institute of General and Ecological Chemistry, Technical University of Łódź ul. Żeromskiego 116, 90-924 Łódź (Poland)
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  • Dr. Kamil Weinberg,

    1. Department of Pharmacy and Applied Pharmacy, Medical University of Łódź ul. Muszyńskiego 1, 90-151 Łódź (Poland)
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  • Prof. Dr. Regina Palkovits

    Corresponding author
    1. Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, RWTH Aachen, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany)
    2. Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim (Germany)
    • Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, RWTH Aachen, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany)
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Abstract

In view of the diminishing oil resources and the ongoing climate change, the use of efficient and environmentally benign technologies for the utilization of renewable resources has become indispensible. Therein, hydrogenolysis reactions offer a promising possibility for future biorefinery concepts. These reactions result in the cleavage of C[BOND]C and C[BOND]O bonds by hydrogen and allow direct access to valuable platform chemicals already integrated in today’s value chains. Thus, hydrogenolysis bears the potential to bridge currently available technologies and future biomass-based refinery concepts. This Review highlights past and present developments in this field, with special emphasis on the direct utilization of cellulosic feedstocks.

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