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The role of the molecular formula of ZnCl2·nH2O on its catalyst activity: a systematic study of zinc chloride hydrates in the catalytic valorisation of cellulosic biomass

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Abstract

We demonstrate the efficient and direct transformation of a range of low value substrates, such as lignocellulose and algal biomass, into significantly higher value chemicals, including low molecular weight reducing saccharides, 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural, furyl hydroxymethyl ketone and furfural. This is based on a systematic study of ZnCl2·nH2O (n = 2.5–4.5), in particular the role of the molecular formula (the amount of H2O) on its activity in the catalytic transformation of cellulosic materials into value added small molecules. The study includes various model transformations based on refined saccharides and applies the new insights to the highly selective transformation of raw biomass.

Graphical abstract: The role of the molecular formula of ZnCl2·nH2O on its catalyst activity: a systematic study of zinc chloride hydrates in the catalytic valorisation of cellulosic biomass

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The article was received on 03 May 2019, accepted on 01 Aug 2019 and first published on 02 Aug 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9CY00846B
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2019, Advance Article

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    The role of the molecular formula of ZnCl2·nH2O on its catalyst activity: a systematic study of zinc chloride hydrates in the catalytic valorisation of cellulosic biomass

    I. Bodachivskyi, U. Kuzhiumparambil and D. B. G. Williams, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9CY00846B

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