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Chem Commun (Camb). 2009 Jun 21;(23):3357-9. doi: 10.1039/b907746d. Epub 2009 May 13.

An efficient didehydroxylation method for the biomass-derived polyols glycerol and erythritol. Mechanistic studies of a formic acid-mediated deoxygenation.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-1460, USA.


An efficient 1,2-deoxygenation method, involving an unexpected mechanism, was found for simple diols and for biomass-derived polyols (glycerol and erythritol) that results in the conversion of the 1,2-dihydroxy group to a carbon-carbon double bond.

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