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Keywords:

  • biomass;
  • malic acid;
  • malonic ester;
  • oxidation;
  • sustainable chemistry
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If you′ve got it, use it: Malic acid is converted into dimethyl malonate by a direct, one-pot process. The process is cyanide- and halide-free. Phosphovanadomolybdates serve as bifunctional catalysts, effecting the oxidative decarboxylation and esterification in a consecutive manner. Oxidative C[BOND]C bond cleavage first forms hemiacetals. The results serve as example for the production of valuable chemicals by fully utilizing the oxygen atoms and basic structure inherent to biomass products.