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Catalytic upgrading of lactose: a rest raw material from the dairy industry

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Abstract

Lactose, a residue from the separation of high value-added proteins from whey, was converted into an equimolar mixture of sorbitol and dulcitol through a one-step cascade hydrolysis plus hydrogenation process. The reaction was promoted by an amorphous copper on silica catalyst, highly resistant to water and can also be applied to other disaccharides. The process selectivity can be switched to direct hydrogenation of lactose to lactitol only by changing the solvent.

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The article was received on 10 Mar 2017, accepted on 16 Mar 2017 and first published on 16 Mar 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00741H
Citation: Green Chem., 2017,19, 1904-1910
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    Catalytic upgrading of lactose: a rest raw material from the dairy industry

    F. Zaccheria, M. Mariani, N. Scotti, R. Psaro and N. Ravasio, Green Chem., 2017, 19, 1904
    DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00741H

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