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Alkynylation of Bio-Based 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural to Connect Biomass Processing with Conjugated Polymers and Furanic Pharmaceuticals

Alkynylation of Bio‐Based 5‐Hydroxymethylfurfural to Connect Biomass Processing with Conjugated Polymers and Furanic Pharmaceuticals

Providing a platform: Acetylene-functionalized platform chemicals were synthesized from biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in high yields (89–99 %). The alkynylation process and the ethynylfuran derivatives obtained significantly extend the applicability of biomass-derived HMF as a platform chemical in fine organic synthesis, connecting biomass processing with furanic pharmaceuticals and conjugated polymers.

[Communication]
Leonid V. Romashov, Valentine P. Ananikov
Chem. Asian J., September 05, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/asia.201700940 Read article

A Review on Bimetallic Nickel-Based Catalysts for CO2 Reforming of Methane

A Review on Bimetallic Nickel‐Based Catalysts for CO2 Reforming of Methane

Allied alloys: In this review, a detailed discussion on the development of bimetallic Ni-based catalysts for dry reforming of methane (DRM) including nickel alloyed with noble metals (Pt, Ru, Ir etc.) and transition metals (Co, Fe, Cu) is presented. Special emphasis is placed on the underlying principles that lead to synergistic effects and enhance catalyst performance. Finally, an outlook is presented for future development of Ni-based bimetallic catalysts.

[Review]
Zhoufeng Bian, Sonali Das, Ming Hui Wai, Plaifa Hongmanorom, Sibudjing Kawi
ChemPhysChem, August 22, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cphc.201700529 Read article

Influence of the Water Phase State on the Thermodynamics of Aqueous-Phase Reforming for Hydrogen Production

Influence of the Water Phase State on the Thermodynamics of Aqueous‐Phase Reforming for Hydrogen Production

The reaction thermodynamics was evaluated to investigate the aqueous-phase reforming (APR) for hydrogen production from biomass. APR has a similar energy demand as steam reforming when neglecting the heat of evaporation of water as a solvent. Based on these results, the phase of the reactants would determine whether the water-gas shift reaction (WGSR) is a two-phase reaction or a three-phase reaction at the gas–liquid–solid interface.

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Renée M. Ripken, Jan Meuldijk, Johannes G. E. Gardeniers, Séverine Le Gac
ChemSusChem, August 09, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201700189 Read article

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