Biobased synthesis of acrylonitrile from glutamic acid

J.E.L. le Notre, E.L. Scott, M.C.R. Franssen, J.P.M. Sanders

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Glutamic acid was transformed into acrylonitrile in a two step procedure involving an oxidative decarboxylation in water to 3-cyanopropanoic acid followed by a decarbonylation-elimination reaction using a palladium catalyst
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)807-809
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • alpha-amino-acids
  • distillers dried grains
  • hydrogen-peroxide
  • carboxylic-acids
  • oxidative decarboxylation
  • elimination-reaction
  • nitriles
  • conversion
  • bromination
  • bromoperoxidase


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