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Dehydrogenation of alcohols and polyols from a hydrogen production perspective

Jesús Campos
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Published Online: 2018-04-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/psr-2017-0017


The production of hydrogen from renewable resources is still a major challenge in our way to reach a foreseen hydrogen economy. Abstracting the hydrogen contained in alcohols by means of acceptorless dehydrogenation reactions has emerged as a viable method with high potential. This is particularly true when applied to bio-based alcohols such as ethanol, glycerol or sugars, whose hydrogen extrusion is covered in this contribution. A general overview of the development of aceptorless alcohol dehydrogenation reactions and its potential implementation into future biorefineries are discussed.

Keywords: acceptorless dehydrogenation; ethanol; glycerol; homogeneous catalysis; sugar alcohols


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Published Online: 2018-04-10

JC thanks BBVA Foundation for a Grant for Researchers and Cultural Creators 2016, the EU H2020 Program for a Marie Skłodowska–Curie Individual Fellowship (Grant Agreement no. 706008) and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Project CTQ2016-75193-P [AEI/FEDER, UE]).

Citation Information: Physical Sciences Reviews, Volume 3, Issue 6, 20170017, ISSN (Online) 2365-659X, ISSN (Print) 2365-6581, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/psr-2017-0017.

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