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Solvents take control

Solvents are used pervasively in catalytic studies to enhance kinetics and selectivities. Now, the analysis of biomass upgrading has been remarkably simplified by elucidating the solvation effects of dehydration for key compounds with solvent-enabled control of reactivity.

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Fig. 1: Concept of solvent-enabled control of fructose dehydration.


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Li, H., Smith, R.L. Solvents take control. Nat Catal 1, 176–177 (2018).

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