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Zhenchen Tang, Weiping Deng, Yanliang Wang, Enze Zhu, Xiaoyue Wan, Qinghong Zhang and Prof. Dr. Ye Wang Transformation of Cellulose and its Derived Carbohydrates into Formic and Lactic Acids Catalyzed by Vanadyl Cations ChemSusChem 7

Version of Record online: 2 MAY 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201400150

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Two birds with one stone: A shift of the major product from formic acid to lactic acid is observed on switching the reaction atmosphere from O2 to N2 during cellulose or glucose conversions catalyzed by vanadyl cations. Glucose is first isomerized into fructose, which undergoes retro-aldol fragmentation to form two trioses, which produce lactic and formic acid.

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