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Chem Commun (Camb). 2014 May 7;50(35):4600-2. doi: 10.1039/c4cc00954a.

Tin-catalyzed conversion of biomass-derived triose sugar and formaldehyde to α-hydroxy-γ-butyrolactone.

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Department of Environmental Chemistry and Engineering, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259-G1-14 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8502, Japan. tbaba@chemenv.titech.ac.jp.

Abstract

The direct conversion of biomass-derived 1,3-dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and formaldehyde to α-hydroxy-γ-butyrolactone (HBL) was achieved through the use of tin(iv) chloride and a small amount of water and the yield reached up to 70%. The reaction mechanism was also investigated by incorporating d2-formaldehyde into the reaction mixtures.

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24668044
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10.1039/c4cc00954a
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