An integrated strategy for the conversion of cellulosic biomass into [gamma]-valerolactone

An integrated strategy for the conversion of cellulosic biomass into [gamma]-valerolactone

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014, 4,3626-3630
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00717D, Communication
Valerio Molinari, Markus Antonietti, Davide Esposito
A new integrated strategy for the synthesis of GVL from beechwood based on the use of 2-MeTHF and RANEY Ni is presented.

Valerio Molinari,a Markus Antoniettia and Davide Esposito*a

*Corresponding authors
aMax-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Department of Colloid Chemistry, 14424 Potsdam, Germany
E-mail: davide.esposito@mpikg.mpg.de ;
Tel: (+49) 0331 567 9538
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014,4, 3626-3630
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00717D

An integrated method for the production of γ-valerolactone from cellulosic biomass is presented here. A combination of acidic water hydrolysis of the biomass followed by extraction with methyltetrahydrofuran is used to generate a levulinic acid feed, which is further hydrogenated into the platform chemical γ-valerolactone using RANEY® nickel as a catalyst.
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