Inside Cover: Domino Reaction Catalyzed by Zeolites with Brønsted and Lewis Acid Sites for the Production of γ-Valerolactone from Furfural (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 31/2013)



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The selective conversion of furfural into γ-valerolactone (GVL) through a series of domino-like reactions catalyzed by zeolites with Lewis and Brønsted acid sites is described by Y. Román-Leshkov and co-workers in their Communication on page 8022 ff. Zr-Beta and Al-MFI nanosheets generated GVL in 78 % yield without the use of high-pressure molecular hydrogen or precious metals.

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