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Biomass-derived compounds can be transformed into valuable chemicals over gold catalysts via reactions including basic chemical reactions such as selective oxidation, hydrogenation and isomerization. Gold catalysts were extensively studied in the selective oxidation of cellulose and hemicelluloses-derived carbohydrates and their derivatives. Synthesis of fine chemicals from biomass extractives was investigated, focusing on reactions of the lignans, fatty acids and resins. The outstanding activity and selectivity of gold catalysts were attributed to the several main parameters, among them electronic structure changes via activation of the particles and presence of low-coordinated gold atoms.


Biomass Carbohydrates Extractives Fine chemicals Gold catalysts 


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  1. 1.Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry and Reaction EngineeringÅbo Akademi UniversityTurkuFinland
  2. 2.School of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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