Efficient, metal-free production of succinic acid by oxidation of biomass-derived levulinic acid with hydrogen peroxide

Saikat Dutta, Linglin Wu, Mark Mascal

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A practical, scalable, metal-free synthesis of succinic acid from the biomass-derived platform chemical levulinic acid is described. Treatment of levulinic acid with the inexpensive, simple oxidant hydrogen peroxide under the catalytic action of trifluoroacetic acid gives succinic acid in high yield and enables facile product isolation by simple distillation of the volatile catalyst and byproducts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2335-2338
Number of pages4
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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