Universität Rostock, 2019
Abstract: This thesis describes the chemical conversion of methyl levulinate (ML), a biorefinery side stream, to the valuable monomers methyl vinyl ketone (MVK) and methyl acrylate (MA). In the first part of the project, platinum 5 wt% on sulfided carbon was found to afford up to 18% yield of MVK from ML at 300°C. In the second part of the project, conversion of ML to methyl-3-acetoxypropanoate (M3AP) through a Baeyer-Villiger (BV) oxidation was studied. The thus-formed M3AP could be successfully converted to methyl acrylate (MA) in 97% yield via elimination of acetic acid in the gas phase at 600 °C.
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