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Polyoxometalates as efficient catalysts for transformations of cellulose into platform chemicals

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Abstract

Efficient utilisation of renewable biomass resources, particularly lignocellulosic biomass, for the production of chemicals and fuels has attracted much attention in recent years. The catalytic conversion of cellulose, the main component of lignocellulosic biomass, selectively into a platform chemical such as glucose, 5-hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF), sorbitol or gluconic acid under mild conditions is the most desirable route. Acid catalysis plays a crucial role in the conversion of cellulose via the cleavage of its glycosidic bonds. Owing to their unique features such as strong acidity, water-tolerance, low corrosiveness and recoverability, polyoxometalates have shown promising performances in transformations of cellulose into platform chemicals both in homogeneous and heterogeneous systems. This article highlights recent studies on polyoxometalates and polyoxometalate-based bifunctional catalysts or catalytic systems for the selective conversions of cellulose and cellobiose, a model molecule of cellulose, into platform chemicals.

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The article was received on 20 Mar 2012, accepted on 01 May 2012 and first published on 01 May 2012


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2DT30637A
Dalton Trans., 2012,41, 9817-9831

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    Polyoxometalates as efficient catalysts for transformations of cellulose into platform chemicals

    W. Deng, Q. Zhang and Y. Wang, Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 9817
    DOI: 10.1039/C2DT30637A

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