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Dr. Yuriy Román-Leshkov, Dr. Manuel Moliner, Dr. Jay A. Labinger and Prof. Mark E. Davis Mechanism of Glucose Isomerization Using a Solid Lewis Acid Catalyst in Water Angewandte Chemie International Edition 49

Article first published online: 20 OCT 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201004689

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Other way round: 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy on isotopically labeled glucose reveals that in the presence of tin-containing zeolite Sn-Beta, the isomerization reaction of glucose in water proceeds by way of an intramolecular hydride shift (see scheme) rather than proton transfer. This is the first mechanistic demonstration of Sn-Beta acting as a Lewis acid in a purely aqueous environment.

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