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Alkylphenols to phenol and olefins by zeolite catalysis: a pathway to valorize raw and fossilized lignocellulose

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Abstract

Selective conversion of alkylphenols to phenol and olefins is presented as a challenging key step in upgrading raw and fossilized lignocellulose. An exceptional and stable dealkylation performance is achieved by application of an acidic ZSM-5 zeolite, in which co-feeding of water is crucial to maintain catalytic activity. The role of water is attributed to competitive adsorption of water and phenol. The lignin-first pathway towards phenol yields a tenfold improvement of phenol compared to the state-of-the-art single-step lignocellullosic depolymerization techniques.

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The article was received on 11 Aug 2015, accepted on 11 Aug 2015 and first published on 17 Aug 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01868D
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Green Chem., 2016,18, 297-306

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    Alkylphenols to phenol and olefins by zeolite catalysis: a pathway to valorize raw and fossilized lignocellulose

    D. Verboekend, Y. Liao, W. Schutyser and B. F. Sels, Green Chem., 2016, 18, 297
    DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01868D

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