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Andrada But , Dr. Jérôme Le Nôtre, Dr. Elinor L. Scott, Prof. Ron Wever and Prof. Johan P. M. Sanders Selective Oxidative Decarboxylation of Amino Acids to Produce Industrially Relevant Nitriles by Vanadium Chloroperoxidase ChemSusChem 5

Version of Record online: 3 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200098

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Industrial nitriles from biomass: Vanadium-chloroperoxidase is successfully used to transform selectively glutamic acid into 3-cyanopropanoic acid, a key intermediate for the synthesis of bio-succinonitrile and bio-acrylonitrile, by using a catalytic amount of a halide salt. This clean oxidative decarboxylation can be applied to mixtures of amino acids obtained from plant waste streams, leading to easily separable nitriles.

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