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A Route for Lignin and Bio-Oil Conversion: Dehydroxylation of Phenols into Arenes by Catalytic Tandem Reactions


  • The funds for this research were provided by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Sofja Kovalevskaja Award 2010). This work was performed as part of the Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass”, funded by the German Federal and State Governments to promote science and research at German universities. We are indebted to Jan Geboers and Katrina Hong for meaningful discussions.


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Finding a workaround: The conversion of lignin into low-boiling-point arenes instead of high-boiling-point phenols could greatly facilitate conventional refinery processes. A new procedure for the depolymerization of lignin and simultaneous conversion phenols into arenes is described. The method can also be rendered as a fundamental finding for the upgrade of bio-oils to arenes under mild conditions.

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