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Mechanocatalytic depolymerization of cellulose combined with hydrogenolysis as a highly efficient pathway to sugar alcohols

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Abstract

Cellulose is both insoluble in water and resistant against hydrolysis. These features pose major problems for its conversion into platform chemicals. Herein, we demonstrate that mechanocatalytic, solid-state depolymerization combined with hydrogenolysis, in the presence of Ru/C in water, provides a highly efficient pathway for the production of sugar alcohols. This novel approach leads to yields of hexitols up to 94% at 150 °C in an overall process time of 4 h.

Graphical abstract: Mechanocatalytic depolymerization of cellulose combined with hydrogenolysis as a highly efficient pathway to sugar alcohols

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The article was received on 02 Aug 2012, accepted on 24 Sep 2012, published on 18 Oct 2012 and first published online on 18 Oct 2012


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE23057G
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2013,6, 92-96
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    Mechanocatalytic depolymerization of cellulose combined with hydrogenolysis as a highly efficient pathway to sugar alcohols

    J. Hilgert, N. Meine, R. Rinaldi and F. Schüth, Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, 6, 92
    DOI: 10.1039/C2EE23057G

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