New methods in biomass depolymerisation: Catalytic hydrogenolysis of barks

Mark D. Garrett, Stephen C. Bennett, Christopher Hardacre, Robin Patrick, Gary N. Sheldrake

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    Hydrogenolysis of bark from three different species of tree using heterogeneous platinum group metal catalysts produces two major product streams. Aromatic substituted guaiacols are produced from lignin and the lignin-like regions of suberin and a range of saturated fatty acids and alcohols, including α,ω-functionalised species, are produced from the polyester regions of suberin. Control experiments demonstrate clear advantages of catalytic hydrogenolysis over base hydrolysis, both in terms of conversion and product selectivity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21552-21557
    Number of pages6
    JournalRSC Advances
    Issue number44
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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