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Linh Bui, Helen Luo, William R. Gunther and Prof. Yuriy Román-Leshkov Domino Reaction Catalyzed by Zeolites with Brønsted and Lewis Acid Sites for the Production of γ-Valerolactone from Furfural Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Article first published online: 11 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201302575

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Take the straight path: Furfural was converted into γ-valerolactone (GVL) through sequential transfer-hydrogenation and hydrolysis reactions catalyzed by zeolites with Lewis and Brønsted acid sites (see picture). Together, Zr-Beta and Al-MFI nanosheets generated GVL in 78 % yield without the use of precious metals or molecular H2. This system offers an attractive streamlined strategy for the production of GVL from biomass-derived molecules.

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