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ZEOLITE CATALYSIS

Torn between two sites

Mild Lewis and Brønsted acid sites within the confined porous structure of a Nb–Al-containing zeolite work in co-operation to efficiently break down bio-based γ-valerolactone to butenes.

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Fig. 1: Structure of γ-valerolactone bound between the Lewis and Brønsted sites in NbAlS-1 to form butene and CO2.

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