Two new scientific articles published in the quest for optimizing catalytic conversion of carbohydrates, Project 5.

The article 119Sn MAS NMR Study of Probe Molecules Interaction with Sn-BEA: The Origin of Penta- and Hexacoordinated Tin Formation” is a collaboration between forces in Project 5 and Moscow State University, Rusia. The article describes the use of 119Sn MAS NMR spectroscopy to study the interaction of Sn sites in Haldor Topsøe’s Sn-Beta catalyst with relevant probe molecules (acetonitrile, methanol, isopropyl alcohol, isobutyl alcohol, and water). This allows for a better understanding of the active site – assessing the nature of different Sn sites and their reactivity.

Read the article here, published in J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016

The article “Synthesis of a Novel Polyester Building Block from Pentoses by Tin-containing Silicates” is published in Royal Society of Chemistry Advances. The study is about converting pentose sugars to new, functional products by using tin-containing silicates as catalysts. The direct formation of the new chemical product trans-2,5-dihydroxy-3-pentenoic acid methyl ester is reported, along with polymerization and post functionalization to show the relevance of one of these previously unknown products.

Read the article here, published in RSC Advances, 2017