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Zeolite Catalyzed Transformation of Carbohydrates to Alkyl Levulinates

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  • Dr. Shumugavel Saravanamurugan,

    1. Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Building 207, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark), Fax: (+45) 4588 3136
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  • Prof. Anders Riisager

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    1. Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Building 207, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark), Fax: (+45) 4588 3136
    • Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Building 207, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark), Fax: (+45) 4588 3136

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Abstract

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Caught in an acid trap! Zeolites with moderate acidity are demonstrated to be versatile and reusable solid-acid catalysts for the transformation of biomass derived carbohydrates to alkyl levulinates in alcohol solvents. In short-chained alcohols it proved possible to obtain significantly higher yields of alkyl levulinates, than what is achievable of levulinic acid in analogous reactions performed in water.

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