Heterogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenation of Biobased Levulinic and Succinic Acids in Aqueous Solutions (pages 2388–2395)
Louis Corbel-Demailly, Bao-Khanh Ly, Dr. Doan-Pham Minh, Benoit Tapin, Dr. Catherine Especel, Dr. Florence Epron, Dr. Amandine Cabiac, Dr. Emmanuelle Guillon, Dr. Michèle Besson and Dr. Catherine Pinel
Article first published online: 23 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300608
Switching between diols and lactones: This article focuses mainly on the comparison of the reactivity of two biobased carboxylic acids, namely levulinic acid and succinic acid, in water in the presence of carbon-supported noble metals. The optimization of the reaction conditions allows to increase the yield and selectivity to diols (butanediol and pentanediol). Thus, it is possible to obtain pentanediol from levulinic acid under milder conditions compared to succinic acid.