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Qiang Guo, Dr. Fengtao Fan, Dr. Evgeny A. Pidko, William N. P. van der Graaff, Prof. Dr. Zhaochi Feng, Prof. Dr. Can Li and Prof. Dr. Emiel J. M. Hensen Highly Active and Recyclable Sn-MWW Zeolite Catalyst for Sugar Conversion to Methyl Lactate and Lactic Acid ChemSusChem 6

Article first published online: 17 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300160

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Not just sugar! Lewis-acidic Sn-MWW zeolites are obtained through postsynthesis functionalization of deboronated B-MWW with Sn. These materials are highly active, selective, and recyclable catalysts for the conversion of triose sugars to methyl lactate (in methanol) and lactic acid (in water). They also demonstrate good performance in the conversion of hexose sugars and sucrose to methyl lactate.

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