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Gamma-valerolactone, a sustainable platform molecule derived from lignocellulosic biomass

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Abstract

Lignocellulosic biomass typically contains more than 50 wt% sugars that can be upgraded to valuable platform molecules, such as levulinic acid (LA) and gamma-valerolactone (GVL). This article focuses on upgrading GVL produced from lignocellulosic biomass to various chemicals and fuels, such as polymers, fuel additives, and jet fuel. We also review the use of GVL as a solvent for biomass processing, which led to significant improvements in product yields and a more simplified process for producing biomass-derived chemicals such as LA, furfural, and hydroxymethylfurfural.

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The article was received on 12 Oct 2012, accepted on 16 Jan 2013 and first published on 17 Jan 2013


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C3GC37065H
Citation: Green Chem., 2013,15, 584-595
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    Gamma-valerolactone, a sustainable platform molecule derived from lignocellulosic biomass

    D. M. Alonso, S. G. Wettstein and J. A. Dumesic, Green Chem., 2013, 15, 584
    DOI: 10.1039/C3GC37065H

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