Catalytic Conversion of Biomass-Derived Carbohydrates to Methyl Lactate by Acid-Base Bifunctional γ-Al2O3

Sho Yamaguchi, Mizuho Yabushita, Minjune Kim, Jun Hirayama, Ken Motokura, Atsushi Fukuoka, Kiyotaka Nakajima

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Abstract

We report the catalytic conversion of biomass-derived carbohydrates to methyl lactate using metal oxides. The combination of Lewis acid-base sites on γ-Al2O3 is superior to several amphoteric oxides for the production of methyl lactate from both dihydroxyacetone and glucose in methanol. The successful production of methyl lactate from glucose by γ-Al2O3 is attributed to high densities of both acid and base functionalities that are essential for the promotion of the stepwise reaction, which consists of isomerization, retro-aldol, and dehydration reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8113-8117
Number of pages5
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
Volume6
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 2
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acidâbase bifunctional catalysis
  • Carbohydrates
  • Metal oxide
  • Methyl lactate
  • Sustainable chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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