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Expanding the scope of biogenic substrates for the selective production of formic acid from water-insoluble and wet waste biomass

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Abstract

The selective oxidation of complex, water-insoluble and wet biomass from second and third generation to formic acid including effective catalyst recycling is reported. Additionally, the relevance and limits of potential contaminants are illustrated by different experimental approaches. By using a very robust homogeneous polyoxometalate catalyst in aqueous solution, molecular oxygen as an oxidant and an acid as a solubilizer, it is possible to convert different lignocellulosic and algae feedstock into formic acid and pure carbon dioxide. The applied green oxidation system benefits from its low reaction temperature (below 100 °C) and its very selective nature. Furthermore, catalyst recycling over three batches has been successfully carried out.

Graphical abstract: Expanding the scope of biogenic substrates for the selective production of formic acid from water-insoluble and wet waste biomass

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The article was received on 30 Jun 2015, accepted on 23 Jul 2015 and first published on 23 Jul 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01474C
Citation: Green Chem., 2015,17, 5164-5171
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    Expanding the scope of biogenic substrates for the selective production of formic acid from water-insoluble and wet waste biomass

    J. Albert and P. Wasserscheid, Green Chem., 2015, 17, 5164
    DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01474C

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