New Glucose Pathway Identified by Project 5

Researchers in project 5 have successfully identified a beforehand unknown glucose pathway through 3-deoxyglucosone when catalysts containing tin are used without alkali ions present under the reaction.

This study builds upon the article published last year in ChemSusChem where it was described how alkali impurities under the conversion of sugars increases the selectivity to methyl lactate from 30% to 75%.

Processes in which glucose is directly converted to useful chemical products have a high potential for industrial implementation. Therefore there is considerable interest in how tin-containing silicates influence the conversion of sugars to lactates. Despite this, there is still a limited understanding of the competing glycolytic pathways in these systems.

The published study identifies dehydration of glucose to 3-deoxyglucosone as an important pathway that occurs in addition to retro-aldol reaction of hexoses when using silicates containing tin.

The paper is a detailed investigation into the glycolytic reaction pathways that are catalysed by stannosilicates.  The glycolytic reaction pathway that is discovered could lead to new ways of converting abundant and cheap glucose into new and interesting chemicals.

Read the full published article below.