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Yao-Bing Huang, Zhen Yang, Meng-Yuan Chen, Jian-Jun Dai, Prof. Qing-Xiang Guo and Prof. Yao Fu Heterogeneous Palladium Catalysts for Decarbonylation of Biomass-Derived Molecules under Mild Conditions ChemSusChem 6

Article first published online: 2 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300190

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Workin′ 6 to 5: A highly active heterogeneous catalyst, Pd/SBA-15(DP), promotes the selective decarbonylation of biomass-derived HMF to furfural alcohol with a high yield, up to 96 %, in mild conditions. The route offers a simple and effective method of linking C6 and C5 molecules in the biomass conversion value chain. In addition to HMF the catalyst is effective towards the decarbonylation of other biomass-derived aldehydes, also.

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