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Editor: David Smith; Editorial Board Chairs: Matthias Beller, Gabriele Centi, Licheng Sun

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 2/29 (Subject); 20/163 (Chemistry Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1864-564X

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemCatChem, ChemElectroChem, ChemPhysChem, Energy Technology

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March 21, 2017

VIP: Chemocatalytic Conversion of Cellulosic Biomass to Methyl Glycolate, Ethylene Glycol, and Ethanol

Dr. Gang Xu, Prof. Dr. Aiqin Wang, Dr. Jifeng Pang, Dr. Xiaochen Zhao, Dr. Jinming Xu, Nian Lei, Dr. Jia Wang, Dr. Mingyuan Zheng, Prof. Dr. Jianzhong Yin and Prof. Dr. Tao Zhang

Chemocatalytic Conversion of Cellulosic Biomass to Methyl Glycolate, Ethylene Glycol, and Ethanol

One green pot: A new chemocatalytic conversion route from cellulosic biomass to methyl glycolate, ethylene glycol, and ethanol is developed. In the first step, methyl glycolate is produced up to a yield of 57.7 C % from the one-pot transformation of cellulose in methanol through catalysis of WOx and the assistance of O2; then, methyl glycolate is further hydrogenated in the second step to ethylene glycol and ethanol over a Cu/SiO2 catalyst.

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  1. Selective Production of 2-Methylfuran by Gas-Phase Hydrogenation of Furfural on Copper Incorporated by Complexation in Mesoporous Silica Catalysts

    Carmen Pilar Jiménez-Gómez, Juan A. Cecilia, Ramón Moreno-Tost and Pedro Maireles-Torres

    Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201700086

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    Selectivity to 2-methylfuran: Cu-based catalysts are synthesized through the complexation of Cu species with the amine groups used as a template for the synthesis of mesoporous silica materials, and subsequent calcination and reduction leads to the formation of small Cu nanoparticles, which are highly active and selective for the hydrogenation of furfural to 2-methylfuran.

  2. An Efficient and Reusable Embedded Ru Catalyst for the Hydrogenolysis of Levulinic Acid to γ-Valerolactone

    Dr. Zuojun Wei, Jiongtao Lou, Chuanmin Su, Dechao Guo, Prof. Yingxin Liu and Prof. Shuguang Deng

    Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201601769

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    Stability through doping: The embedding of Ru nanoparticles in N-doped mesoporous carbon effectively improve the dispersion and decrease the average size of the Ru nanoparticles, improve the adsorption of levulinic acid, and increase the interaction between Ru and the support. The strategy prevents the Ru nanoparticles from migration, aggregation, and leaching, and consequently increases the reusability of the catalyst.

  3. Solid Confinement of Quantum Dots in ZIF-8 for Efficient and Stable Color-Conversion White LEDs

    Dr. Wen Ying, Dr. Yiyin Mao, Dr. Xiaobing Wang, Yi Guo, Prof. Haiping He, Prof. Zhizhen Ye, Prof. Shuit-Tong Lee and Prof. Xinsheng Peng

    Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201700223

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    Let there be light: Solid-confinement conversion provides a facile way to in situ encapsulate semiconductor fluorescent quantum dots (QDs) into a porous, thermally stable, and hydrophobic ZIF-8 thin film for high-performance white light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The resulting QDs@ZIF-8 thin film shows a photoluminescence quantum yield of 86 %, good thermal stability, and long-term durability in air.

  4. A Sustainable One-Pot, Two-Enzyme Synthesis of Naturally Occurring Arylalkyl Glucosides

    Dr. Ivan Bassanini, Dr. Jana Krejzová, Walter Panzeri, Dr. Daniela Monti, Prof. Vladimir Křen and Dr. Sergio Riva

    Version of Record online: 22 MAR 2017 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201700136

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    Two in one: A one-pot, two-enzyme synthesis of arylalkyl glucosides exploiting the activity of a rutinosidase and a rhamnosidase is developed. The cheap, nontoxic, natural flavonoid rutin is used as glycosyl donor, the target glucosides are isolated in up to 75 % yield without using protective groups, activating agents, or silica-gel chromatography, and quercetin is recovered as valuable byproduct.

  5. Rational Engineering of BODIPY-bridged-Trisindole derivatives for Solar Cell Applications

    Nicolas Leclerc, Ibrahim Bulut, Quentin Huaulmé, Antoine Mirloup, Patricia Chávez, Sadiara Fall, Anne Hébraud, Stéphane Méry, Benoit Heinrich, Thomas Heiser and Patrick Lévêque

    Accepted manuscript online: 21 MAR 2017 10:32PM EST | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201700465