Catalytic decarbonylation of biomass-derived carboxylic acids as efficient route to commodity monomers

Maria O. Miranda, Agostino Pietrangelo, Marc A. Hillmyer, William B. Tolman

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Abstract

The palladium-catalyzed decarbonylation of bio-derived carboxylic acids to alkyl acrylates, styrene, and acrylonitrile is reported. The olefins were isolated by continuous distillation in yields up to 87% by heating a neat, equimolar mixture of pivalic anhydride with the appropriate carboxylic acid to 190 °C in the presence of a Pd-phosphine catalyst.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-494
Number of pages5
JournalGreen Chemistry
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012

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