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Junxia Liu, Zhongtian Du, Tianliang Lu and Prof. Dr. Jie Xu Conversion of Levulinate into Succinate through Catalytic Oxidative Carbon[BOND]Carbon Bond Cleavage with Dioxygen ChemSusChem 6

Article first published online: 6 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300325

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Grand Cleft Oxo: Levulinate, available from biomass, is oxidized into succinate through manganese(III)-catalyzed selective cleavage of C[BOND]C bonds with molecular oxygen. In addition to levulinate, a wide range of aliphatic methyl ketones also undergo oxidative C[BOND]C bond cleavage at the carbonyl group. This procedure offers a route to valuable dicarboxylic acids from biomass resources by nonfermentive approaches.

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