Yasushi Amada, Hideo Watanabe, Yuichirou Hirai, Yasuteru Kajikawa, Yoshinao Nakagawa and Keiichi Tomishige Production of Biobutanediols by the Hydrogenolysis of Erythritol ChemSusChem 5
Happy hydrogenolysis: The direct hydrogenolysis of erythritol over an Ir–ReOx/SiO2 catalyst is very effective for the production of biobutanediols. The selectivity to butanediols reached 48.0 % at 74.2 % conversion. Based on the production of erythritol by the fermentation of glucose and glycerol, erythritol hydrogenolysis will be promising in the production of biobutanediols.
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