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Dihydrolevoglucosenone (Cyrene) as a bio-based alternative for dipolar aprotic solvents

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JournalChemical Communications
DateE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jul 2014
DatePublished (current) - 4 Sep 2014
Issue number68
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)9650-9652
Early online date1/07/14
Original languageEnglish


Dihydrolevoglucosenone (Cyrene) is a bio-based molecule, derived in two simple steps from cellulose, which demonstrates significant promise as a dipolar aprotic solvent. The dipolarity of dihydrolevoglucosenone is similar to NMP, DMF and sulpholane. Dihydrolevoglucosenone demonstrates similar performance to NMP in a fluorination reaction and the Menschutkin reaction. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.


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