Sustaining the Transition from a Petrobased to a Biobased Chemical Industry with Flow Chemistry


In the current context of transitioning to more sustainable chemical processes, the upgrading of biobased platform molecules (i.e., the chemical transformation of widely available low molecular weight entities from biomass) is attracting significant attention, in particular when combined with enabling continuous flow conditions. The success of this combination is largely due to the ability to explore new process conditions and the perspective of facilitating seamless scalability while maintaining a small overall footprint. This review considers representative continuous flow processes which utilize a selection of currently popular platform molecules that target industrially relevant building blocks, including (a) commodity chemicals, (b) specialty and fine chemicals, and (c) fuels and fuel additives.

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The authors acknowledge the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Wallonia for their financial support within the framework of the program “Wallonie-2020.EU” (INTENSE4CHEM, project no. 699993-152208).

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This article is part of the Topical Collection “Sustainable Flow Chemistry”; edited by Timothy Noel and Rafael Luque.

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Gérardy, R., Morodo, R., Estager, J. et al. Sustaining the Transition from a Petrobased to a Biobased Chemical Industry with Flow Chemistry. Top Curr Chem (Z) 377, 1 (2019).

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  • Flow chemistry
  • Continuous processes
  • Upgrading
  • Biobased platforms
  • Intensification
  • Heterogeneous catalysis