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Selective catalytic conversion of biobased carbohydrates to formic acid using molecular oxygen

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Abstract

A new and straightforward method to transform carbohydrate-based biomass to formic acid (FA) by oxidation with molecular oxygen in aqueous solution using a Keggin-type H5PV2Mo10O40 polyoxometalate as catalyst is presented. Several water-soluble carbohydrates were fully and selectively converted to formic acid and CO2 under very mild conditions. It is worth noting, even complex biomass mixtures, such as poplar wood sawdust, were transformed to formic acid, giving 19 wt% yield (11% based on the carbon atoms in the feedstock) under non-optimized conditions.

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The article was received on 19 Apr 2011, accepted on 30 Jun 2011 and first published on 10 Aug 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1GC15434F
Citation: Green Chem., 2011,13, 2759-2763
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    Selective catalytic conversion of biobased carbohydrates to formic acid using molecular oxygen

    R. Wölfel, N. Taccardi, A. Bösmann and P. Wasserscheid, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 2759
    DOI: 10.1039/C1GC15434F

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