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Highly selective one-step dehydration, decarboxylation and hydrogenation of citric acid to methylsuccinic acid

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Abstract

The one-step dehydration, decarboxylation and hydrogenation of the bio-based and widely available citric acid is presented. This reaction sequence yields methylsuccinic acid with yields of up to 89%. Optimal balances between the reaction rates of the different steps were found by varying the hydrogenation catalyst and the reaction parameters (H2 pressure, pH, temperature, time and catalyst-to-substrate ratio).

Graphical abstract: Highly selective one-step dehydration, decarboxylation and hydrogenation of citric acid to methylsuccinic acid

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The article was received on 11 Oct 2016, accepted on 15 Jan 2017 and first published on 16 Jan 2017


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC04541C
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2017,8, 2616-2620
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    Highly selective one-step dehydration, decarboxylation and hydrogenation of citric acid to methylsuccinic acid

    J. Verduyckt and D. E. De Vos, Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 2616
    DOI: 10.1039/C6SC04541C

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