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Catalysts 2018, 8(8), 313; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8080313

Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenolysis as an Effective Tool for the Reductive Upgrading of Cellulose, Hemicellulose, Lignin, and Their Derived Molecules

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Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università di Messina, Contrada di Dio–Vill. S. Agata, I-98166 Messina, Italy
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Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Niezapominajek 8, 30-239 Krakow, Poland
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Dipartimento DICEAM, Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Loc. Feo di Vito, I-89122 Reggio Calabria, Italy
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Received: 9 July 2018 / Revised: 27 July 2018 / Accepted: 28 July 2018 / Published: 31 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalytic Processes for The Valorisation of Biomass Derived Molecules)
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Lignocellulosic biomasses have a tremendous potential to cover the future demand of bio-based chemicals and materials, breaking down our historical dependence on petroleum resources. The development of green chemical technologies, together with the appropriate eco-politics, can make a decisive contribution to a cheap and effective conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks into sustainable and renewable chemical building blocks. In this regard, the use of an indirect H-source for reducing the oxygen content in lignocellulosic biomasses and in their derived platform molecules is receiving increasing attention. In this contribution we highlight recent advances in the transfer hydrogenolysis of cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, and of their derived model molecules promoted by heterogeneous catalysts for the sustainable production of biofuels and biochemicals. View Full-Text
Keywords: lignocellulosic biomasses; H-donor molecules; hydrogenolysis; catalytic transfer hydrogenolysis reactions; heterogeneous catalysis; cellulose; hemicellulose; lignin; glycerol; polyols; furfural; levulinic acid; aromatic ethers lignocellulosic biomasses; H-donor molecules; hydrogenolysis; catalytic transfer hydrogenolysis reactions; heterogeneous catalysis; cellulose; hemicellulose; lignin; glycerol; polyols; furfural; levulinic acid; aromatic ethers
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Espro, C.; Gumina, B.; Szumelda, T.; Paone, E.; Mauriello, F. Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenolysis as an Effective Tool for the Reductive Upgrading of Cellulose, Hemicellulose, Lignin, and Their Derived Molecules. Catalysts 2018, 8, 313.

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