The use of biomass for the production of value-added chemicals or other energy products is becoming increasingly important due to the fossil fuel depletion and greenhouse gas emission. However, the intensive energy consumption in the biomass conversion process limits the efficient utilization of biomass.
With the above consideration, a straightforward photocatalytic method to selectively convert glucose into formate was reported by Prof. Fangming Jin. Formic acid/formate has attracted much attention recently because as an important chemical formate can serve as a leather tanning agent and as reducing agents in the dyeing industry. More importantly, formic acid/formate has the potential to serve as an excellent hydrogen carrier in the context of a hydrogen energy economic picture.
The related research paper, entitled as “Photocatalytic Oxidation of Glucose into Formate on Nano TiO2 Catalyst”, was published in ACS sustainable chemistry engineering. The research paper attracted wide attention and was selected as the American Chemical Society (ACS) Editors’ Choice. ACS Editors’ Choice articles are selected from among the over 60 publications of the ACS. The selection of these articles is based on recommendations by the scientific editors of ACS journals from around the world. With ACS Editors’ Choice, ACS offers free public access to new research of importance to the global scientific community. These articles consist of research that exemplifies the Society’s commitment to improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.
Following a paper entitled "Transformation of chitin and waste shrimp shells into acetic acid and pyrrole", this is the second ACS Editors’ Choice paper published by Prof. Jin group.
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