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Lei Yu, Dr. Xian-Long Du, Jing Yuan, Dr. Yong-Mei Liu, Prof. Dr. Yong Cao, He-Yong He and Prof. Kang-Nian Fan A Versatile Aqueous Reduction of Bio-Based Carboxylic Acids using Syngas as a Hydrogen Source ChemSusChem 6

Version of Record online: 9 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200674

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Syngas as a versatile hydrogen source: Using readily available and economically favorable syngas as a convenient hydrogen source, an efficient and sustainable aqueous reduction of bio-based carboxylic acids has been achieved over a highly robust catalyst system consisting of gold nanoparticles supported on acid-tolerant single-phase monoclinic zirconia (Au/m-ZrO2). A range of bio-based multifunctional carboxylic acids have been selectively converted into their corresponding lactones or diols in high to excellent yields.

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