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Dr. Gang Yang, Dr. Evgeny A. Pidko and Prof. Dr. Emiel J. M. Hensen The Mechanism of Glucose Isomerization to Fructose over Sn-BEA Zeolite: A Periodic Density Functional Theory Study ChemSusChem 6

Article first published online: 13 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300342

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Hitting the sweet spot: Catalytic isomerization of glucose to fructose necessitates the presence of large lattice defects containing a Lewis acidic SnOH center and an adjacent extended silanol nest, as shown by a periodic density functional theory study. The multiple-point interaction between the sugar molecule and such a reactive center inside micropores of the zeolite Sn-BEA directs the chemical transformations.

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