Glucose activation by transient Cr2+ dimers

E.A. Pidko, V. Degirmenci, R.A. Santen, van, E.J.M. Hensen

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Figure Presented] Cat waiting in the wings: The transient formation of Cr2+ dimers through coordination to a second molecule of the catalyst promotes the isomerization of glucose to fructose and explains the unique ability of CrCl2 to catalyze the dehydration of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in ionic-liquid media. The active-site environment during the rate-controlling step resembles that in hexose isomerase enzymes.© 2010 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2530-2534
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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