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Jin Deng, Yan Wang, Tao Pan, Qing Xu, Prof. Qing-Xiang Guo and Prof. Dr. Yao Fu Conversion of Carbohydrate Biomass to γ-Valerolactone by using Water-Soluble and Reusable Iridium Complexes in Acidic Aqueous Media ChemSusChem 6

Article first published online: 11 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300245

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Mild-mannered manipulation: A catalytic method for the conversion of carbohydrate biomass to γ-valerolactone in acidic aqueous media has been developed. The water-soluble iridium complexes were observed to be extremely catalytically active for providing γ-valerolactone in high yields with high TONs. The homogeneous catalysts can also be recycled and reused by applying a simple phase separation process.

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