471562 Designing Cooperative Interactions to Tune Catalytic Activity and Selectivity for Biomass Conversion
Previously, we and others have focused on understanding the different aspects of how to tune interactions to achieve cooperative catalysis.[1–5] This work has primarily been for pharmaceutically relevant reactions such as the aldol, nitroaldol, and Knoevenagel reactions. In this presentation, we extend our synthetic approach to control catalytic activity and selectivity for directly relevant biomass production reactions that produce 5-hydroxymethylfurfural. We exploit different elements of cooperative interactions to create a novel design of the catalytic active site. These novel materials are synthesized, characterized, and tested in catalytic reactions. In particular, we utilize advanced spectroscopic techniques to demonstrate formation of the desirable catalytic site. The resulting materials achieve increased catalytic selectivity and activity for these reactions relative to current state-of-the-art materials. Overall, the increased yields and selectivities increase the potential to produce many important commodity chemicals in a sustainable manner.
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