The present invention concerns a process for converting biomass into useful organic building blocks for the chemical industry. The process involves the reduction of a polyol wherein at least two of the hydroxyl groups are located on adjacent carbon atoms in the presence of a molybdenum-based catalyst of the formula (I), such as (ΝΗ4)6Μo7O24⋅4Η20. A primary or secondary monohydric C1-C4 alcohol is used as reductant, as well as a solvent.
|IPC||C07D 307/ 28 A I|
|Country||International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)|
|Publication status||Published - 26 May 2016|