Green Chemicals: How to add value to carbohydrates
Today, almost all chemicals and polymers are derived from petroleum-based fuels. Renewable biomass-derived chemicals can become a alternative in the context of limited and environmentally impactful fossil fuel resources. There are two types of processes for the conversion of sugars: fermentation and catalysis. While the former is inherently inefficient, the latter suffers from low reaction rates unless the reaction is carried out in gas phase where we face a problem of caramelization. We are proposing a new direct and efficient method for producing valuable organic acids from biomass feedstock and wastes by gas phase heterogeneous catalysis while avoiding caramelization.