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Selective Utilization of the Methoxy Group in Lignin to Produce Acetic Acid

Selective Utilization of the Methoxy Group in Lignin to Produce Acetic Acid
Qinglei Meng, Buxing Han, Junfeng Xiang, Hangyu Liu, Huizhen Liu, Xiaojun Shen, Qingqing Mei
Selective transformation of lignin into a valuable chemical, acetic acid, is possible. In their Communication (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201706846) B. Han, H. Liu, et al. propose a strategy for selective transformation of methoxy group (-OCH3), which is abundant in lignin, into pure acetic acid. The conversions of methoxy group in the kraft lignin and organosolv lignin reached 87.3% and 80.4%, respectively, and no by-product was generated. This work opens the way to produce pure chemicals using lignin as the feedstock.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201710736

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