Research Update: February 2015

Feb 2015 Research Update

Biomass-derived furanics offer a unique pathway toward a variety of drop-in fuel additives and commodity chemicals. However, furanics derived from biomass tend to be highly oxygenated and must be selectively reduced for use in commercial processes. We have recently shown that ring activation might play a key role in selectively upgrading these furanics in pathways such as ring opening, ring saturation, or substituent reduction.

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