Selective deoxygenation of hydroxybenzaldehydes

  • US Patent No. 8921614
  • Issued: December 30, 2014
  • Status: Active

A method for selective deoxygenation of hydroxybenzaldehydes including, condensing syringaldehyde (3,5-dimethoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde) and a functionalized phenylacetic acid with at least one first base and at least one anhydride to produce an arylcinnamic acid, decarboxylating of said arylcinnamic acid with at least one decarboxylation catalyst at temperatures ranging from about 30° C. to 200° C. or thermally at temperatures ranging from about 100° C. to 350° C. to produce a first stilbene, hydrodeoxygenating the stilbene by conversion to a sulfonate in the presence of at least one second base in water or at least one organic solvent to yield a sulfonate reducing the sulfonate(s) with a reductive elimination catalyst to produce a second stilbene, and reacting the second stilbene with a hydrolyzing agent to generate a polyphenol.

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