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Controlled defunctionalisation of biobased organic acids

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The production of chemicals from biomass is of large interest to the sustainable chemistry community. While the main focus in the literature is on compounds that can be directly obtained from carbohydrates via fermentation and on the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass, the production of chemicals via the controlled defunctionalisation of highly functional biobased compounds is largely undervalued. This feature article intends to highlight the recent progress in heterogeneous chemocatalytic defunctionalisation of the widely available citric and amino acids, focusing on the different chemical routes available and identifying the most promising defunctionalisation strategies based on atom economy and functionality index.

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The article was received on 21 Feb 2017, accepted on 22 Mar 2017 and first published on 23 Mar 2017

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC01380A
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 5682-5693
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    Controlled defunctionalisation of biobased organic acids

    J. Verduyckt and D. E. De Vos, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 5682
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CC01380A

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