Chinese Journal of Chemistry

Cover image for Vol. 33 Issue 4

Editors: Guozhen Ji, Shengming Ma

Online ISSN: 1614-7065

Associated Title(s): Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, Israel Journal of Chemistry, The Chemical Record

33_04/2015Cover Picture: Transfer Hydrogenation of Ethyl Levulinate to γ-Valerolactone Catalyzed by Iron Complexes (Chin. J. Chem. 4/2015)

The cover picture shows a new and green transformation path for the synthesis of γ-valerolactone from biomass-derived ethyl levulinate, which is realized by iron-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation. γ-Valerolactone is a valuable chemical, which can be used as liquid fuel, food additive, solvent and also intermediate for organic synthesis. By utilizing Casey's catalyst and cheap isopropanol as hydrogen source, γ-valerolactone can be generated in 95% yield. Addition of catalytic amount of base is important to achieve good yield. More details are discussed in the communication by Fu et al. on page 405–408.

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