Tungsten-based bimetallic catalysts (W–M(8,9,10); where M(8,9,10) is Ni, Pd, Pt, Ir, Ru, or Rh) are found to be highly active and selective for the formation of ethylene glycol from cellulose. The cooperation between CC cracking reactions over metallic tungsten and the hydrogenation of unsaturated intermediates over the transition metals M(8,9,10) results in a particularly high selectivity towards ethylene glycol, up to 75 %.
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