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Bioenergy II: Group 8 Metal Complexes as Homogeneous Ionic Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis Catalysts for the Deoxygenation of Biomass to Petrochemicals - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies and the Story so Far

Marcel Schlaf, Michelle E. Thibault, Domenico DiMondo, Deeb Taher, Elham Karimi and Devipriya Ashok

Biomass is characterized by a high oxygen content (typically ? 40 % w/w). Its conversion into feedstocks that can directly be used in existing petrochemical feed streams will therefore require an efficient and selective deoxygenation chemistry. Ruthenium or iron-based water/acid-tolerant and high-temperature stable metal complexes that are active ionic hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis catalysts maybe ideally suited for this purpose.

Published Online: 2009-8-21

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