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Elena Arceo, Jonathan A. Ellman and Robert G. Bergman A Direct, Biomass-Based Synthesis of Benzoic Acid: Formic Acid-Mediated Deoxygenation of the Glucose-Derived Materials Quinic Acid and Shikimic Acid ChemSusChem 3

Article first published online: 28 MAY 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201000111

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Shikimic Gimmick: An alternative biomass-based route to benzoic acid from the renewable starting materials quinic acid and shikimic acid is described. Benzoic acid is obtained selectively using a highly efficient, one-step formic acid-mediated deoxygenation method.

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