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A sustainable synthetic route for biobased 6-hydroxyhexanoic acid, adipic acid and ε-caprolactone by integrating bio- and chemical catalysis

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Abstract

A green route for the production of 6-carbon polymer building blocks 6-hydroxyhexanoic acid, adipic acid and ε-caprolactone from 1,6-hexanediol, a hydrogenation product of biobased 5-hydroxymethylfurfural is reported. Gluconobacter oxydans oxidized 1,6-hexanediol completely to adipic acid, and selectively at pH 6–7 to 6-hydroxyhexanoic acid, which was converted to ε-caprolactone by catalytic cyclization.

Graphical abstract: A sustainable synthetic route for biobased 6-hydroxyhexanoic acid, adipic acid and ε-caprolactone by integrating bio- and chemical catalysis

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Submitted
27 Apr 2020
Accepted
13 Jun 2020
First published
24 Jun 2020

Green Chem., 2020,22, 4450-4455
Article type
Communication

A sustainable synthetic route for biobased 6-hydroxyhexanoic acid, adipic acid and ε-caprolactone by integrating bio- and chemical catalysis

S. Pyo, J. H. Park, V. Srebny and R. Hatti-Kaul, Green Chem., 2020, 22, 4450
DOI: 10.1039/D0GC01454K

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