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Themed collection Catalytic advances for biomass conversion and upgrading

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Open Access Review Article

Advances in catalytic routes for the production of carboxylic acids from biomass: a step forward for sustainable polymers

This review revises the advances in the chemocatalytic processes for producing renewable carboxylic acids for the synthesis of bio-based polymers and proposes the actions to overcome the problems threatening their technical and economic viability.

Graphical abstract: Advances in catalytic routes for the production of carboxylic acids from biomass: a step forward for sustainable polymers
Review Article

Downstream processing of lignin derived feedstock into end products

This review provides critical analysis on various downstream processes to convert lignin derived feedstock into fuels, chemicals and materials.

Graphical abstract: Downstream processing of lignin derived feedstock into end products
Review Article

Recent catalytic routes for the preparation and the upgrading of biomass derived furfural and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural

This review presents recent advances in the production of biomass derived furfural and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and in their catalytic conversion into chemicals and fuels via transfer hydrogenation, photocatalytic and electrocatalytic processes.

Graphical abstract: Recent catalytic routes for the preparation and the upgrading of biomass derived furfural and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural
Review Article

Metal organic frameworks for biomass conversion

This review narrates the recent developments on the catalytic applications of pristine metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), functionalized MOFs, guests embedded over MOFs and MOFs derived carbon composites for biomass conversion into platform chemicals.

Graphical abstract: Metal organic frameworks for biomass conversion
Open Access Tutorial Review

Biomass valorisation over metal-based solid catalysts from nanoparticles to single atoms

Metal size and speciation strongly impact catalyst efficiency and robustness in biomass upgrading through redox and acid-mediated reactions, with the full potential of single atoms and low-nuclearity species still to be unlocked by future research.

Graphical abstract: Biomass valorisation over metal-based solid catalysts from nanoparticles to single atoms
Tutorial Review

Heteroatom-participated lignin cleavage to functionalized aromatics

Heteroatom-containing reagents triggered the catalytic cleavage of lignin linkages and functionalization of products simultaneously.

Graphical abstract: Heteroatom-participated lignin cleavage to functionalized aromatics
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About this collection

We are delighted to present a Chemical Society Reviews themed collection on “Catalytic advances for biomass conversion and upgrading”, Guest Edited by Rafael Luque (Universidad de Córdoba), Luigi Vaccaro (University of Perugia) and Yingwei Li (South China University of Technology). The valorization of lignocellulosic biomass, in the form of forest and agricultural wastes, industrial processing side-streams, and dedicated energy crops, toward chemicals, fuels and added-value products has become a major research area with increasing exploitation potential. The efficient and tailored depolymerization of biomass or its primary structural components (hemicellulose, cellulose, and lignin) to platform chemicals, i.e., sugars, phenolics, furans, ketones, organic acids, etc. is highly dependent on the development of novel or modified chemo- and bio-catalytic processes that take into account the peculiarities and recalcitrance of biomass as feedstock, compared for example to petroleum fractions. Upgrading of such platform chemicals to valuable end products including chemicals, materials and fuels using advanced (bio)catalytic systems is of utmost importance for a more sustainable future society.

This themed collection will give an overview of current research and development in the (bio)catalytic conversion and upgrading of biomass and future trends, addressing various representative reactions and processes in catalytic biomass valorization and upgrading, and highlighting the importance of developing novel, efficient and stable nano-(bio)catalysts with tailored properties according to the nature of the reactant/feedstock and targeted products.

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