Transformation of Biomass Products into Fine Chemicals Catalyzed by Solid Lewis- and Brønsted-acids
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β-Pinene is a biomass product that can be obtained from turpentine oil and transformed into its epoxide by a standard reaction of synthetic organic chemistry. This epoxide can be used as cheap and easily available entry for other natural products with an added value employing different solids as catalysts. Hence, the Lewis acidic mesoporous molecular sieve Sn-MCM-41 provides predominantly myrtanal as product whereas commercial nitrogen containing resins treated with an acid convert β-pinene oxide into perillyl alcohol as main product.
KeywordsBiomass Solid Lewis acid Heterogeneous catalysis Myrtanal Perillyl alcohol Sn-MCM-41
The authors thank CICYT (MAT-2006-3798164) and Takasago International Chemicals Europe S. A. for financing this work.
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