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Expanding the biomass derived chemical space

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Abstract

Biorefinery aims at the conversion of biomass and renewable feedstocks into fuels and platform chemicals, in analogy to conventional oil refinery. In the past years, the scientific community has defined a number of primary building blocks that can be obtained by direct biomass decomposition. However, the large potential of this “renewable chemical space” to contribute to the generation of value added bio-active compounds and materials still remains unexplored. In general, biomass derived building blocks feature a diverse range of chemical functionalities. In order to be integrated into value-added compounds, they require additional functionalization and/or covalent modification thereby generating secondary building blocks. The latter can be thus regarded as functional components of bio-active molecules or materials and represent an expansion of the renewable chemical space. This perspective highlights the most recent developments and opportunities for the synthesis of secondary biomass derived building blocks and their application to the preparation of value added products.

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The article was received on 28 Feb 2017, accepted on 22 Apr 2017 and first published on 24 Apr 2017


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C7SC00936D
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2017, Advance Article
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    Expanding the biomass derived chemical space

    N. Brun, P. Hesemann and D. Esposito, Chem. Sci., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7SC00936D

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