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Keywords:

  • biomass conversion;
  • decarbonylations;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • 5-hydroxymethylfurfural;
  • palladium
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Workin′ 6 to 5: A highly active heterogeneous catalyst, Pd/SBA-15(DP), promotes the selective decarbonylation of biomass-derived HMF to furfural alcohol with a high yield, up to 96 %, in mild conditions. The route offers a simple and effective method of linking C6 and C5 molecules in the biomass conversion value chain. In addition to HMF the catalyst is effective towards the decarbonylation of other biomass-derived aldehydes, also.