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Recent Advances in the Catalytic Conversion of Cellulose

Authors

  • Stijn Van de Vyver,

    1. Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 1632-1998
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  • Jan Geboers,

    1. Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 1632-1998
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  • Prof. Dr. Pierre A. Jacobs,

    Corresponding author
    1. Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 1632-1998
    • Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 1632-1998
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  • Prof. Dr. Bert F. Sels

    Corresponding author
    1. Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 1632-1998
    • Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Heverlee (Belgium), Fax: (+32) 1632-1998
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Abstract

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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.

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