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Keywords:

  • carbohydrates;
  • doping;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • renewable resources;
  • tin
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Tin, tailored, not solder, but cat: Doped hydroxylated fluorides, prepared by a modified sol–gel method, offer enhanced acidity and improved stability against water, and efficiency in the degradation of cellulose. These materials extend the portfolio of acid catalysts for fast and selective hydrolysis of biomass to glucose, which offers a feedstock for bioethanol production.