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FIGURE 4.4 Catalytic conversion of 2-Me-THF.

bons by using homogeneous transition-metal catalysts. While the conversion of C5-oxygenates to other organic intermediates has yet to be developed, the hydrocarbons produced from carbohydrates could be considered as a "renewable oil," ready to be converted by existing technologies to all products used today.

Nature

CO + HO-Sucrose

Organic Products

Alkanes h2o

HO + HCOOH

Nature

CO + HO-Sucrose

Organic Products

Alkanes

HO + HCOOH

SC004x002.eps

SC004x002.eps

-HO/-HCOOH

Ru(acac)3

SC004x001.eps

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