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Examples of xylochemistry: colorants and polymers

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Against the backdrop of modern sustainable chemistry and valorization of biomass for chemical raw materials, the syntheses of indigo dyes and polyamides as representatives of two classes of everyday chemical products based on xylochemicals are described. Wood-derived starting materials were transformed into functional materials using the principles of green chemistry to expand the scope of products gained from renewable resources. The indigo dyes were synthesized in a short, straightforward sequence starting from vanillin. Two polyamides, representatives of an important class of polymers, were obtained from 4-propylcyclohexanol, which is one of the longest known (and most abundant) hydrogenative depolymerization products of lignin.

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Submitted
25 Apr 2017
Accepted
07 Jul 2017
First published
11 Jul 2017

Green Chem., 2017,19, 3780-3786
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Examples of xylochemistry: colorants and polymers

J. Kühlborn, A. Danner, H. Frey, R. Iyer, A. J. Arduengo and T. Opatz, Green Chem., 2017, 19, 3780
DOI: 10.1039/C7GC01244F

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