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Mika Shiramizu and Prof. F. Dean Toste On the Diels–Alder Approach to Solely Biomass-Derived Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET): Conversion of 2,5-Dimethylfuran and Acrolein into p-Xylene Chemistry - A European Journal 17

Article first published online: 16 SEP 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/chem.201101580

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Making PET as green as grass: Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) can be prepared from solely bio-renewable sources by converting 2,5-dimethylfuran and acrolein into the key intermediate p-xylene (see scheme). This atom-economic route consists of a sequential Diels–Alder reaction, oxidation, dehydrative aromatization and decarboxylation. We examined the feasibility of this process with an emphasis on the Diels–Alder reaction step.

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