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Vanillin: The Case for Greener Production Driven by Sustainability Megatrend

Version 1 : Received: 1 March 2019 / Approved: 4 March 2019 / Online: 4 March 2019 (09:53:55 CET)

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Journal reference: ChemistryOpen 2019
DOI: 10.1002/open.201900083


Approaching the end of the second decade of the 21st century, almost the whole demand of vanillin is met by the synthetic product obtained either via a petrochemical process starting from phenol and glyoxylic acid or from energy intensive alkaline oxidative depolymerization of lignin. Only a minor fraction is comprised of natural vanillin obtained from ferulic acid fermentation, and even less of highly valued Vanilla planifolia extracts. Are there alternative green production methods? And, if yes, are they suitable to find practical application?


Vanillin; vanillic acid; photocatalysis; bioeconomy; SiliaSun

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