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Cleave and couple: toward fully sustainable catalytic conversion of lignocellulose to value added building blocks and fuels

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Abstract

The structural complexity of lignocellulose offers unique opportunities for the development of entirely new, energy efficient and waste-free pathways in order to obtain valuable bio-based building blocks. Such sustainable catalytic methods – specifically tailored to address the efficient conversion of abundant renewable starting materials – are necessary to successfully compete, in the future, with fossil-based multi-step processes. In this contribution we give a summary of recent developments in this field and describe our “cleave and couple” strategy, where “cleave” refers to the catalytic deconstruction of lignocellulose to aromatic and aliphatic alcohol intermediates, and “couple” involves the development of novel, sustainable transformations for the formation of C–C and C–N bonds in order to obtain a range of attractive products from lignocellulose.

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The article was received on 13 Apr 2018, accepted on 11 Jun 2018 and first published on 21 Jun 2018


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02937G
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 7725-7745

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    Cleave and couple: toward fully sustainable catalytic conversion of lignocellulose to value added building blocks and fuels

    Z. Sun and K. Barta, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 7725
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02937G

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