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Selective hydrogenation of lignin-derived compounds under mild conditions

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Abstract

A key challenge in the production of lignin-derived chemicals is to reduce the energy intensive processes used in their production. Here, we show that well-defined Rh nanoparticles dispersed in sub-micrometer size carbon hollow spheres, are able to hydrogenate lignin derived products under mild conditions (30 °C, 5 bar H2), in water. The optimum catalyst exhibits excellent selectivity and activity in the conversion of phenol to cyclohexanol and other related substrates including aryl ethers.

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Submitted
10 Jan 2020
Accepted
19 Mar 2020
First published
27 Mar 2020

Green Chem., 2020,22, 3069-3073
Article type
Communication

Selective hydrogenation of lignin-derived compounds under mild conditions

L. Chen, A. P. van Muyden, X. Cui, G. Laurenczy and P. J. Dyson, Green Chem., 2020, 22, 3069 DOI: 10.1039/D0GC00121J

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