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Bioprivileged molecules: creating value from biomass

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The petrochemical industry is built on C2–C4 alkenes and aromatics as intermediate molecules, which are converted to a range of products. This industry is highly developed with little opportunity for new chemical products. In comparison biological-derived intermediates from biomass have the potential to introduce a new set of intermediate molecules, which can be converted to molecules that directly replace petrochemicals. Even more promising is the potential to convert biological-derived intermediates to novel chemical species that impart enhanced performance properties in their end use. Here the concept of bioprivileged molecules is introduced as a useful new paradigm for developing biobased chemicals. Included are muconic acid, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and triacetic acid lactone as example bioprivileged molecules. Also, discussed is the research needed to move this concept forward.

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The article was received on 24 jan. 2017, accepted on 07 mar. 2017 and first published on 07 mar. 2017

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00296C
Green Chem., 2017,19, 3177-3185

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    Bioprivileged molecules: creating value from biomass

    B. H. Shanks and P. L. Keeling, Green Chem., 2017, 19, 3177
    DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00296C

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