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Céline M. Nicklaus, Prof. Adriaan J. Minnaard, Prof. Ben L. Feringa and Prof. Johannes G. de Vries Synthesis of Renewable Fine-Chemical Building Blocks by Reductive Coupling between Furfural Derivatives and Terpenes ChemSusChem 6

Article first published online: 15 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300179

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Sugar and Spice…: The use of renewable resources to produce fine chemicals is an underdeveloped area. A waste-free technology will be necessary to further convert platform chemicals, readily available from biomass. We show that furfurals, which can be obtained from C5 sugars, can be coupled with terpenes in up to 95 % yield through ruthenium-catalyzed reductive couplings developed by Krische et al.

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