Bodachivskyi, I, Kuzhiumparambil, U & Williams, DBG 2019, 'A Systematic Study of Metal Triflates in Catalytic Transformations of Glucose in Water and Methanol: Identifying the Interplay of Brønsted and Lewis Acidity', ChemSusChem.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2019 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim The specific type of acidity associated with the given metal trifloromethanesulfonates (Brønsted or Lewis acidity) dramatically influences the course of reactions, and it is possible to select for disaccharides, fructose, methyl glucosides, or methyl levulinate. Glucose is transformed into a range of value-added molecules in water and methanol under the action of acidic metal triflates as catalysts, including their analogous Brønsted acid-assisted or Brønsted base-modified systems. A systematic study is presented of a range of metal triflates in methanol and water, pinning down the preferred conditions to select for each product.
Bodachivskyi, I, Kuzhiumparambil, U & Williams, DBG 2019, 'Acid-Catalysed Conversion of Carbohydrates into Furan-Type Molecules in Zinc Chloride Hydrate', CHEMPLUSCHEM, vol. 84, no. 4, pp. 352-357.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Bodachivskyi, I, Kuzhiumparambil, U & Williams, DBG 2018, 'Acid-Catalyzed Conversion of Carbohydrates into Value-Added Small Molecules in Aqueous Media and Ionic Liquids.', ChemSusChem, vol. 11.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Biomass is the only realistic major alternative source (to crude oil) of hydrocarbon substrates for the commercial synthesis of bulk and fine chemicals. Within biomass, terrestrial sources are the most accessible, and therein lignocellulosic materials are most abundant. Although lignin shows promise for the delivery of certain types of organic molecules, cellulose is a biopolymer with significant potential for conversion into high-volume and high-value chemicals. This review covers the acid-catalyzed conversion of lower value (poly)carbohydrates into valorized organic building-block chemicals (platform molecules). It focuses on those conversions performed in aqueous media or ionic liquids to provide the reader with a perspective on what can be considered a best case scenario, that is, that the overall process is as sustainable as possible.