Issue Date: May 25, 2009
Alkenes Made Simple From Biomass Polyols
A hot topic in synthetic organic chemistry these days is creating reactions that more efficiently convert biomass-derived carbohydrates into feedstock chemicals and fuels. One of the latest developments on this front comes from Robert G. Bergman, Jonathan A. Ellman, and coworkers of the University of California, Berkeley, who have devised a new deoxygenation method to convert polyhydroxyl compounds such as glycerol and erythritol into olefins (Chem. Commun., DOI: 10.1039/b907746d). . . .
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