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Mechanocatalytic depolymerization of cellulose combined with hydrogenolysis as a highly efficient pathway to sugar alcohols

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Hilgert,  Jakob
Research Department Schüth, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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Meine,  Niklas
Research Department Schüth, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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Rinaldi,  Roberto
Research Group Rinaldi, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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Schüth,  Ferdi
Research Department Schüth, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Max Planck Society;

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Hilgert, J., Meine, N., Rinaldi, R., & Schüth, F. (2013). Mechanocatalytic depolymerization of cellulose combined with hydrogenolysis as a highly efficient pathway to sugar alcohols. Energy & Environmental Science, 6(1), 92-96. doi:10.1039/c2ee23057g.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0014-A523-2
Abstract
Cellulose is both insoluble in water and resistant against hydrolysis. These features pose major problems for its conversion into platform chemicals. Herein, we demonstrate that mechanocatalytic, solid-state depolymerization combined with hydrogenolysis, in the presence of Ru/C in water, provides a highly efficient pathway for the production of sugar alcohols. This novel approach leads to yields of hexitols up to 94% at 150 degrees C in an overall process time of 4 h.