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One-pot catalytic selective synthesis of 1,4-butanediol from 1,4-anhydroerythritol and hydrogen

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A physical mixture of ReOx–Au/CeO2 and carbon-supported rhenium catalysts effectively converted 1,4-anhydroerythritol to 1,4-butanediol with H2 as a reductant. The combination of these two catalysts in a one-pot reaction dramatically increased the selectivity of 1,4-butanediol as well as the conversion of 1,4-anhydroerythritol. The yield of 1,4-butanediol reached ∼90%, which is the highest yield from erythritol and 1,4-anhydroerythritol so far, furthermore, at a relatively low reaction temperature of 413 K. This reaction involves the ReOx–Au/CeO2-catalyzed deoxydehydration of 1,4-anhydroerythritol to 2,5-dihydrofuran and ReOx/C-catalyzed successive isomerization, hydration and reduction reactions of 2,5-dihydrofuran.

Graphical abstract: One-pot catalytic selective synthesis of 1,4-butanediol from 1,4-anhydroerythritol and hydrogen

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The article was received on 20 Feb 2018, accepted on 17 Apr 2018 and first published on 17 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8GC00574E
Citation: Green Chem., 2018,20, 2547-2557
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    One-pot catalytic selective synthesis of 1,4-butanediol from 1,4-anhydroerythritol and hydrogen

    T. Wang, S. Liu, M. Tamura, Y. Nakagawa, N. Hiyoshi and K. Tomishige, Green Chem., 2018, 20, 2547
    DOI: 10.1039/C8GC00574E

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