Engineered Nitrogen-Decorated Carbon Networks for the Metal-Free Catalytic Isomerization of Glucose to Fructose

Season S. Chen, Jack M. Carraher, Giulia Tuci, Andrea Rossin, Caleb A. Raman, Lapo Luconi, Daniel C.W. Tsang, Giuliano Giambastiani, Jean Philippe Tessonnier

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Brønsted bases have recently been reported to catalyze the glucose isomerization to fructose. This contribution describes the rational bottom-up approach to the design and synthesis of heterogeneous systems based on a C60 platform surface engineered with catalytically active amino functionalities tethered to carbon nanomaterials within variable (polar/apolar) chemical microenvironments. We demonstrate how carbocatalysts performance for the glucose-to-fructose isomerization may improve depending on amines' neighboring functional groups and their chemical interplay at the C-nanocarrier surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16959-16963
Number of pages5
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2019


  • Chemical functionalization
  • Functional group synergy
  • Glucose-to-fructose isomerization
  • Metal-free heterogeneous catalysis
  • N-Decorated nanocarbons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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