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Title: Selective aerobic alcohol oxidation method for conversion of lignin into simple aromatic compounds

Described is a method to oxidize lignin or lignin sub-units. The method includes oxidation of secondary benzylic alcohol in the lignin or lignin sub-unit to a corresponding ketone in the presence of unprotected primarily aliphatic alcohol in the lignin or lignin sub-unit. The optimal catalyst system consists of HNO.sub.3 in combination with another Bronsted acid, in the absence of a metal-containing catalyst, thereby yielding a selectively oxidized lignin or lignin sub-unit. The method may be carried out in the presence or absence of additional reagents including TEMPO and TEMPO derivatives.
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Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundataion (Madison, WI) CHO
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Patent File Date: 2013 Feb 20
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Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Madison, WI (United States)
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United States

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