Synthesis of 1-Octanol and 1,1-Dioctyl Ether from Biomass-Derived Platform Chemicals


  • This work was performed as part of the Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass”, which is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state government to promote science and research at German universities.


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The happy medium: A new catalytic pathway for the synthesis of the linear primary C8 alcohol products 1-octanol and dioctyl ether from furfural and acetone has been developed using retrosynthetic analysis. This opens a general strategy for the synthesis of medium-chain-length alcohols from carbohydrate feedstock.