Mild Heterogeneous Palladium-Catalyzed Cleavage of beta-O-4 '-Ether Linkages of Lignin Model Compounds and Native Lignin in Air
2014 (English)In: ChemCatChem, ISSN 1867-3880, Vol. 6, no 1, 179-184 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A mild and robust heterogeneous palladium-catalyzed CO bond cleavage of 2-aryloxy-1-arylethanols using formic acid as reducing agent in air was developed. The cleaved products were isolated in 92-98% yield; and by slightly varying the reaction conditions, a ketone, an alcohol, or an alkane can be generated in near-quantitative yield. This reaction is applicable to cleaving the -O-4-ether bond found in lignin polymers of different origin. The reaction was performed on a lignin polymer model to generate either the monomeric aryl ketone or alkane in a quantitative yield. Moderate depolymerization was achieved with native lignin at similar reaction conditions. Mechanistic studies under kinetic control indicate that an initial palladium-catalyzed dehydrogenation of the alcohol is followed by insertion of palladium to an enol equivalent. A palladium-formato complex reductively cleaves the palladium-enolate complex to generate the ketone.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 6, no 1, 179-184 p.
heterogeneous catalysis, cleavage reactions, green chemistry, palladium, polymers, lignin
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220309DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201300540ISI: 000330636800023OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-220309DiVA: diva2:705510
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