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Ambient Reductive Amination of Levulinic Acid to Pyrrolidones over Pt Nanocatalysts on Porous TiO2 Nanosheets

Chao Xie, Jinliang Song*, Haoran Wu, Yue Hu, Huizhen Liu, Zhanrong Zhang, Pei Zhang, Bingfeng Chen, Buxing Han*

*Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China, Email:,

C. Xie, J. Song, H. Wu, Y. Hu, H. Liu, Z. Zhang, P. Zhang, B. Chen, B. Han, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2019, 141, 4002-4009.

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b13024

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Use of porous TiO2 nanosheets-supported Pt nanoparticles (Pt/P-TiO2) as heterogeneous catalyst enables a challenging reductive amination of biomass-derived levulinic acid at ambient temperature and H2 pressure. Pt/P-TiO2 also showed good applicability for reductive amination of levulinic esters, 4-acetylbutyric acid, 2-acetylbenzoic acid, and 2-carboxybenzaldehyde.

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Key Words

pyrrolidones, reductive amination, hydrogen

ID: J48-Y2019