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Keywords:

  • biomass;
  • cellulose;
  • renewable resources;
  • supported catalysts;
  • synthetic methods
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The back cover picture shows the sequential steps for the conversion of wheat straw to isosorbide: organosolv pretreatment of wheat straw to delignified pulp followed by one-pot hydrolytic hydrogenation and dehydration to isosorbide with heteropoly acids and Ru/C, as described by Sels et al. on page 199. The carbon cycle is tentatively closed via CO2 uptake from the end products (e.g. polymers, surfactants) by the wheat plants.