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Dalton Trans. 2006 Oct 21;(39):4645-53. Epub 2006 Aug 17.

Selective deoxygenation of sugar polyols to alpha,omega-diols and other oxygen content reduced materials--a new challenge to homogeneous ionic hydrogenation and hydrogenolysis catalysis.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, CanadaN1G 2W1.


An oxygen atom on every carbon--this is the problem! While nature provides linear C(3) to C(6) building blocks in the form of sugar alcohols in large and renewable abundance, they are overfunctionalized for the purpose of most chemical applications. Selective deoxygenation by anthropogenic catalyst systems may be one answer to this challenge.

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