Zinc-Incorporated Microporous Molecular Sieve for Mild Catalytic Hydrolysis of γ-Valerolactone: A New Selective Route for Biomass Conversion

Wei Che Lin, Lin Ye, Simson Wu, Ben Lo, Yung Kang Peng, Pu Zhao, Ian McPherson, Shik Chi Edman Tsang (Corresponding Author)

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γ-Valerolactone (GVL) is regarded as a key platform molecule in the production of fine chemicals such as pentenoic acid (PA) from biomass. Although PA is believed to be the key intermediate in solid-acid-catalyzed reactions of GVL, due to subsequent facile decarboxylation reactions further alkene products are formed. Here, by tailoring the acidity of Brønsted acid sites in an aluminophosphate (AlPO) molecular sieve through incorporation of Zn2+ into the framework, we access a new selective and effective catalyst for GVL conversion to PA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4214-4218
Number of pages5
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • aluminophosphate
  • mild hydrolysis
  • pentenoic acid
  • valerolactone
  • zinc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Energy(all)

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