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Keywords:

  • biomass;
  • carbohydrates;
  • palladium;
  • sugar alcohols;
  • telomerization
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Sugar and alcohol—a superior combo: The telomerization activity of the Pd/TOMPP catalyst is screened using thirteen different biomass-derived carbohydrates and sugar alcohols. High substrate conversions are achieved by using low Pd loading and without the use of an added base. In terms of butadiene conversion, a clear structure–activity relationship is found, which is in line with the series: sugar alcohols>sucrose>aldohexoses>aldopentoses>ketohexoses.