From Biomass to Green Polymers

The Biorefinery and Sustainable Chemistry group at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam together with Prof. Dr. Javier Pérez-Ramírez, Chair of Catalysis Engineering at the ETH Zürich contributed to the cover story in the scientific journal ChemSusChem. 

June 25, 2019

The cover shows a sustainable continuous‐flow process for upgrading lignocellulosic‐biomass‐derived γ‐valerolactone to α‐methylene‐γ‐valerolactone by utilizing a tailored caesium loaded hierarchical beta catalyst. This work provides an alternative route in the GVL biorefinery towards bio‐based polymers.

More about the story behind the research that inspired the Cover image is presented in the Full Paper:

Al-Naji, M.; Puértola, B.; Kumru, B.; Cruz, D.; Bäumel, M.; Schmidt, B. V. K. J.; Tarakina, N. V.; Pérez‐Ramírez, J.: Sustainable continuous flow valorization of γ‐valerolactone with trioxane to α‐methylene‐γ‐valerolactone over basic beta zeolite. ChemSusChem 12 (12), pp. 2628 - 2636 (2019)

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