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Issue 4, 2010
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Catalytic upgrading of levulinic acid to 5-nonanone

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Aqueous solutions of levulinic acid can be catalytically processed, through the intermediate formation of γ-valerolactone (GVL), to an organic liquid stream that spontaneously separates from water, and is enriched in pentanoic acid and 5-nonanone. This organic layer can serve as a source of chemicals or can be upgraded to hydrocarbon fuels.

Graphical abstract: Catalytic upgrading of levulinic acid to 5-nonanone

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The article was received on 13 Nov 2009, accepted on 06 Jan 2010 and first published on 27 Jan 2010

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B923907C
Citation: Green Chem., 2010,12, 574-577
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    Catalytic upgrading of levulinic acid to 5-nonanone

    J. C. Serrano-Ruiz, D. Wang and J. A. Dumesic, Green Chem., 2010, 12, 574
    DOI: 10.1039/B923907C

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