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Likun Zhou, Prof. Aiqin Wang, Changzhi Li, Mingyuan Zheng and Prof. Tao Zhang Selective Production of 1,2-Propylene Glycol from Jerusalem Artichoke Tuber using Ni–W2C/AC Catalysts ChemSusChem 5

Version of Record online: 7 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201100545

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Down to the roots with Ni: By using a combination of nickel and tungsten carbide supported on activated carbon, it is possible to convert Jerusalem artichoke tuber (JAT), a fructose-based biomass that can be used as a raw material without any pretreatment, selectively into 1,2-propylene glycol and ethylene glycol. A reasonable reaction pathway is suggested based on analysis of the product distribution under different reaction conditions and use of different feedstocks.

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