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Keywords:

  • biomass;
  • dioxolanes;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • hydrogenation;
  • iron nanoparticles
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Life in the fast dioxolanes: the one-step synthesis of 2-alkyl-dioxolanes from ethylene glycol and syngas is achieved, using an iron nanoparticle catalyst. The process exhibits high activity and selectivity towards dioxolanes, which find use as oxygenate additives.