Reaction Pathways and Mechanisms in Thermocatalytic Biomass Conversion I

Cellulose Structure, Depolymerization and Conversion by Heterogeneous Catalysts

  • Marcel Schlaf
  • Z. Conrad Zhang

Part of the Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology book series (GCST)

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About this book


Volume I mainly focuses on the current understanding of the reaction pathways and mechanisms involved in several important catalytic conversions of cellulose and carbohydrates. It starts with nanoscale illustrations of biomass structures and describes various reactions including cellulose depolymerization to sugars, catalytic aldose-ketose isomerization and dehydration, selective oxidation, hydrogenolysis of cellulose and sugars, and the conversion of short carbohydrates. The specificity and function of different catalysts and reaction media in relation to the catalytic performances for these reactions are discussed with significant mechanistic details.    

Marcel Schlaf, PhD, is a Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Guelph, Canada.

Z. Conrad Zhang, PhD, is a Professor at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.


Aerobic oxidation Biomass conversion Cellulose depolymerization Heterogeneous metal catalysis Lignocellulosic biomass Nanoporous solid acids and bases Selective catalytic hydrogenolysis Short carbohydrates

Editors and affiliations

  • Marcel Schlaf
    • 1
  • Z. Conrad Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Dalian National Laboratory for Clean EnergyDalian Institute of Chemical Physics Chinese Academy of SciencesDalianChina

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