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Issue 32, 2015
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Cascade upgrading of γ-valerolactone to biofuels

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Cascade upgrading of γ-valerolactone (GVL), produced from renewable cellulosic biomass, with selective conversion to biofuels pentyl valerate (PV) and pentane in one pot using a bifunctional Pd/HY catalyst is described. Excellent catalytic performance (over 99% conversion of GVL, 60.6% yield of PV and 22.9% yield of pentane) was achieved in one step. These biofuels can be targeted for gasoline and jet fuel applications.

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17 Feb 2015
12 Mar 2015
First published
12 Mar 2015

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 6984-6987
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Cascade upgrading of γ-valerolactone to biofuels

K. Yan, T. Lafleur, X. Wu, J. Chai, G. Wu and X. Xie, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 6984
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC01463H

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