P-Tu-155 Bulk Chemicals from Renewable Resources: Etherification versus Telomerization of Biomass-Derived Polyols

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Ontario Exhibit Hall (Detroit Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center )
Pieter C. A. Bruijnincx1, Andrei N. Parvulescu2, Peter J. C. Hausoul2, Robertus J. M. Klein Gebbink2 and Bert M. Weckhuysen3, (1)Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, (2)Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, (3)Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
Pd-catalyzed telomerization and solid acid etherification processes were developed for the valorization of renewable substrates. Previously elusive reactive intermediates in the telomerization provided new insights in the catalytic mechanism. Fluorescence microscopy studies shed light on zeolite deactivation phenomena in the etherification. Highly active catalysts were developed for both complementary routes.

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