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Pierre Y. Dapsens, Dr. Cecilia Mondelli and Prof. Javier Pérez-Ramírez Highly Selective Lewis Acid Sites in Desilicated MFI Zeolites for Dihydroxyacetone Isomerization to Lactic Acid ChemSusChem 6

Article first published online: 3 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200703

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Making the right site: Lewis acid centers generated upon the desilication of commercial MFI zeolites in alkaline media are shown to catalyze the isomerization of dihydroxyacetone to lactic acid, competing with tin-containing zeolites. This opens exciting perspectives for the use of hierarchical zeolites with tailored porous and acidic properties in biomass-to-chemical conversions.

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