Dorine L.,Verraest;Joop A.,Peters; Herman,van Bekkum
Several methods for the conversion of inulin and sucrose into polycarboxylates are described. Oxidative methods include the glycolic oxidation which results in the formation of dicarboxy-derivatives, as well as the oxidation of primary alcohol functions using homogeneous catalysis (TEMPO-mediated oxidation) or using heterogeneous catalysis (Pt/C). Furthermore, the carboxymethylation of inulin and sucrose with chloroacetate as reagent and the possible application of the products as calcium carbonate precipitation inhibitor are discussed.
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