Degradation of phenethoxybenzene in sodium hydroxide

Cronin, Dylan, Moghaddam, Lalehvash, Rackemann, Darryn W., Bartley, John, & Doherty, William O.S. (2016) Degradation of phenethoxybenzene in sodium hydroxide. RSC Advances, 6(63), pp. 57889-57901.

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Simple lignin model compounds containing β-O-4 aryl ether linkages have been utilized as a means to understand lignin depolymerisation. The effects of, reaction temperature and time, catalyst concentration, initial phenethoxybenzene (PEB) on the degradation of PEB in NaOH was investigated. Operating at 300 oC for 1 h resulted in the highest combined yield of the primary products, phenol and styrene, and also resulted in the reduced amount of degradation products formed. The proportion of oligomeric and polymeric materials formed depended on the NaOH concentration, but not on the initial PEB concentration for equal reaction time. The results were used to propose reaction pathways for PEB degradation.

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ID Code: 98940
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Phenethoxybenzene,, lignin,, model compound,, phenol,, reaction mechanisms
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA07122H
ISSN: 2046-2069
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry
Deposited On: 21 Sep 2016 22:08
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 16:48

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