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Various embodiments disclosed relate to electrocatalytic hydrogenation of muconic acid and polymers formed from the reaction products thereof. In various embodiments, the present invention provides an electrocatalytic method to prepare 3-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, 2-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, adipic acid, or a combination thereof, from muconic acid. The method includes passing current through a catalytic cathode in a reactor including an aqueous acidic solution including muconic acid, a supporting electrolyte, and an anode, so as to generate atomic hydrogen on the cathode surface in an amount effective to hydrogenate the muconic acid to yield a product including 3-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, 2-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, adipic acid, or a mixture thereof. Also disclosed is the polymerization of 3-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, 2-hexene-1,6-dioic acid, or a combination thereof with another compound, such as a diamine or a dialcohol, to form a polymer, such as a polyamide or a polyester.
Tessonnier, Jean-Philippe (Ames, IA), Matthiesen, John Edward (Ames, IA)
15/ 524,888
November 10, 2015
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0002] This invention was made with the support of grant no. EEC0813570 awarded by the National Science Foundation and grant No. DE-AC02-07CH11358, awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.