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Cleave and couple: Fully sustainable catalytic conversion of renewable resources to amines

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Project "CatASus" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Broerstraat 5
postcode: 9712CP

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙500˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙500˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-05-01   to  2021-04-30


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 Project objective

Amines are crucially important classes of chemicals, widely present in pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and surfactants. Yet, surprisingly, a systematic approach to obtaining this essential class of compounds from renewables has not been realized to date. The aim of this proposal is to enable chemical pathways for the production of amines through alcohols from renewable resources, preferably lignocellulose waste. Two key scientific challenges will be addressed: The development of efficient cleavage reactions of complex renewable resources by novel heterogeneous catalysts; and finding new homogeneous catalyst based on earth-abundant metals for the atom-economic coupling of the derived alcohol building blocks directly with ammonia as well as possible further functionalization reactions. The program is divided into 3 interrelated but not mutually dependent work packages, each research addressing a key challenge in their respective fields, these are: WP1: Lignin conversion to aromatics; WP2: Cellulose-derived platform chemicals to aromatic and aliphatic diols and solvents. WP3: New iron-based homogeneous catalysts for the direct, atom-economic C-O to C-N transformations. The approach taken will embrace the inherent complexity present in the renewable feedstock. A unique balance between cleavage and coupling pathways will allow to access chemical diversity in products that is necessary to achieve economic competitiveness with current fossil fuel-based pathways and will permit rapid conversion to higher value products such as functionalized amines that can enter the chemical supply chain at a much later stage than bulk chemicals derived from petroleum. The proposed high risk-high gain research will push the frontiers of sustainable and green chemistry and reach well beyond state of the art in this area. This universal, flexible and iterative approach is anticipated to give rise to a variety of similar systems targeting diverse product outcomes starting from renewables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Yongzhuang Liu, Anastasiia Afanasenko, Saravanakumar Elangovan, Zhuohua Sun, Katalin Barta
Primary Benzylamines by Efficient N-Alkylation of Benzyl Alcohols Using Commercial Ni Catalysts and Easy-to-Handle Ammonia Sources
published pages: 11267-11274, ISSN: 2168-0485, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b00619
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 7/13 2020-03-20
2019 Anastasiia Afanasenko, Rachael Hannah, Tao Yan, Saravanakumar Elangovan, Katalin Barta
Ruthenium and Iron‐Catalysed Decarboxylative N ‐alkylation of Cyclic α‐Amino Acids with Alcohols: Sustainable Routes to Pyrrolidine and Piperidine Derivatives
published pages: 3801-3807, ISSN: 1864-5631, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201901499
ChemSusChem 12/16 2020-03-20
2019 Zhuohua Sun, Daniel Buwalda, Katalin Barta
Two-step catalytic conversion of lignocellulose to alkanes
published pages: 23727-23734, ISSN: 2046-2069, DOI: 10.1039/c9ra03174j
RSC Advances 9/41 2020-03-20
2017 Christopher S. Lancefield, Isabella Panovic, Peter J. Deuss, Katalin Barta, Nicholas J. Westwood
Pre-treatment of lignocellulosic feedstocks using biorenewable alcohols: towards complete biomass valorisation
published pages: 202-214, ISSN: 1463-9262, DOI: 10.1039/C6GC02739C
Green Chemistry 19/1 2020-03-20
2017 Peter J. Deuss, Christopher S. Lancefield, Anand Narani, Johannes G. de Vries, Nicholas J. Westwood, Katalin Barta
Phenolic acetals from lignins of varying compositions via iron( iii ) triflate catalysed depolymerisation
published pages: 2774-2782, ISSN: 1463-9262, DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00195A
Green Chemistry 19/12 2020-03-20
2016 Zhuohua Sun, Anaís Couto Vasconcelos, Giovanni Bottari, Marc C. A. Stuart, Giuseppe Bonura, Catia Cannilla, Francesco Frusteri, Katalin Barta
Efficient Catalytic Conversion of Ethanol to 1-Butanol via the Guerbet Reaction over Copper- and Nickel-Doped Porous
published pages: 1738-1746, ISSN: 2168-0485, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b02494
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 5/2 2020-03-20
2017 Tao Yan, Ben L. Feringa, Katalin Barta
Direct N-alkylation of unprotected amino acids with alcohols
published pages: eaao6494, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao6494
Science Advances 3/12 2020-03-20
2016 Peter J. Deuss, Ciaran W. Lahive, Christopher S. Lancefield, Nicholas J. Westwood, Paul C. J. Kamer, Katalin Barta, Johannes G. de Vries
Metal Triflates for the Production of Aromatics from Lignin
published pages: 2974-2981, ISSN: 1864-5631, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201600831
ChemSusChem 9/20 2020-03-20
2016 Ciaran W. Lahive, Peter J. Deuss, Christopher S. Lancefield, Zhuohua Sun, David B. Cordes, Claire M. Young, Fanny Tran, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, Johannes G. de Vries, Paul C. J. Kamer, Nicholas J. Westwood, Katalin Barta
Advanced Model Compounds for Understanding Acid-Catalyzed Lignin Depolymerization: Identification of Renewable Aromatics and a Lignin-Derived Solvent
published pages: 8900-8911, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b04144
Journal of the American Chemical Society 138/28 2020-03-20
2016 Tao Yan, Katalin Barta
Sustainable Pathways to Pyrroles through Iron-Catalyzed N -Heterocyclization from Unsaturated Diols and Primary Amines
published pages: 2321-2325, ISSN: 1864-5631, DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201600607
ChemSusChem 9/17 2020-03-20
2018 Zhuohua Sun, Katalin Barta
Cleave and couple: toward fully sustainable catalytic conversion of lignocellulose to value added building blocks and fuels
published pages: 7725-7745, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/c8cc02937g
Chemical Communications 54/56 2020-03-20
2018 Zhuohua Sun, Bálint Fridrich, Alessandra de Santi, Saravanakumar Elangovan, Katalin Barta
Bright Side of Lignin Depolymerization: Toward New Platform Chemicals
published pages: 614-678, ISSN: 0009-2665, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.7b00588
Chemical Reviews 118/2 2020-03-20
2018 Bálint Fridrich, Marc C. A. Stuart, Katalin Barta
Selective Coupling of Bioderived Aliphatic Alcohols with Acetone Using Hydrotalcite Derived Mg–Al Porous Metal Oxide and Raney Nickel
published pages: 8468-8475, ISSN: 2168-0485, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b00733
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 6/7 2020-03-20
2018 Zhuohua Sun, Giovanni Bottari, Anastasiia Afanasenko, Marc C. A. Stuart, Peter J. Deuss, Bálint Fridrich, Katalin Barta
Complete lignocellulose conversion with integrated catalyst recycling yielding valuable aromatics and fuels
published pages: 82-92, ISSN: 2520-1158, DOI: 10.1038/s41929-017-0007-z
Nature Catalysis 1/1 2020-03-20
2018 Anastasiia Afanasenko, Saravanakumar Elangovan, Marc C. A. Stuart, Giuseppe Bonura, Francesco Frusteri, Katalin Barta
Efficient nickel-catalysed N -alkylation of amines with alcohols
published pages: 5498-5505, ISSN: 2044-4753, DOI: 10.1039/C8CY01200H
Catalysis Science & Technology 8/21 2020-03-20

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