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Xingyu Wang and Dr. Roberto Rinaldi Solvent Effects on the Hydrogenolysis of Diphenyl Ether with Raney Nickel and their Implications for the Conversion of Lignin ChemSusChem 5

Article first published online: 30 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200040

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Solvents are not bystanders: The Lewis basicity of the solvent very much affects the catalytic activity of Raney nickel, so in nonbasic solvents the catalyst is an extremely active catalyst for hydrogenolysis and hydrogenation. In basic solvents, however, Raney nickel is a less active, but much more selective catalyst for hydrogenolysis while preserving the aromatic products.

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