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Tunable copper-catalyzed chemoselective hydrogenolysis of biomass-derived γ-valerolactone into 1,4-pentanediol or 2-methyltetrahydrofuran

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Abstract

Direct conversion of γ-valerolactone, which is one of the most significant cellulose-derived compounds, into 1,4-pentanediol was carried out by chemoselective hydrogenolysis catalyzed by a simple yet versatile copper–zirconia catalyst. Depending on the reaction conditions, 2-methyltetrahydrofuran could also be obtained in excellent yields.

Graphical abstract: Tunable copper-catalyzed chemoselective hydrogenolysis of biomass-derived γ-valerolactone into 1,4-pentanediol or 2-methyltetrahydrofuran

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The article was received on 13 Dec 2011, accepted on 10 Feb 2012 and first published on 07 Mar 2012


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2GC16599F
Green Chem., 2012,14, 935-939

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    Tunable copper-catalyzed chemoselective hydrogenolysis of biomass-derived γ-valerolactone into 1,4-pentanediol or 2-methyltetrahydrofuran

    X. Du, Q. Bi, Y. Liu, Y. Cao, H. He and K. Fan, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 935
    DOI: 10.1039/C2GC16599F

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