γ-valerolactone (GVL) is an important intermediate chemical with a wide range of applications as fuel, fuel additive and as a green solvent which has received a great deal of attentions from both academia and industry. This review aims to summarise the advances in conversion of renewable feedstocks into GVL through heterogeneous catalytic transfer hydrogenation (CTH) with a strong emphasis on discussing preparation, characterisation and performance of the catalysts in order to provide a better understanding of various catalytic systems and also to compare them in terms of catalytic performance.
Bibliographical noteThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Osatiashtiani, A., Lee, A. F., & Wilson, K. (2017). Recent advances in the production of γ-valerolactone from biomass-derived feedstocks via heterogeneous catalytic transfer hydrogenation. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, Early view, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jctb.5213. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Funding: EPSRC (EP/K014676/1)
- catalytic processes
- heterogeneous catalysis
- supported metal catalysts and supported acid catalysts