Year
2015

Authors
Metzker, G., & Burtoloso, A. C.

Conversion of levulinic acid into γ-valerolactone using Fe 3 (CO) 12: mimicking a biorefinery setting by exploiting crude liquors from biomass acid hydrolysis



Reference: Metzker, G., & Burtoloso, A. C. (2015). Conversion of levulinic acid into γ-valerolactone using Fe 3 (CO) 12: mimicking a biorefinery setting by exploiting crude liquors from biomass acid hydrolysis. Chemical Communications, 51(75), 14199-14202.

Journal: Chemical Communications
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC02993G

Abstract: The conversion of biomass-derived levulinic acid (LA) into gamma-valerolactone (GVL) using formic acid (FA) and Fe3(CO)12 as the catalyst precursor was achieved in 92% yield. To mimic a biorefinery setting, crude liquor (containing 20% LA) from the acid hydrolysis of sugarcane biomass in a pilot plant facility was directly converted into GVL in good yield (50%), without the need for isolating LA.