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Keywords:

  • biomass;
  • cellulose;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • hydrogenation;
  • hydrolysis
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Shift happens: Concerns about the depletion of fossil fuel reserves and the environmental problems related to its use have encouraged the development of new catalytic approaches for producing carbon-based chemicals from cellulosic biomass. Here, recent progress in the implementation of (mainly) heterogeneous acid, bifunctional, and multistep catalysis is reviewed.