Formation of lactic acid from glycolaldehyde by alkaline hydrothermal reaction

Hisanori Kishida, Fangming Jin, Xiuyi Yan, Takehiko Moriya, Heiji Enomoto

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Alkali hydrothermal experiments with glycolaldehyde were carried out at 300 °C. Glycolaldehyde was converted into lactic acid in a yield of 28% based on the starting carbon mass of glycolaldehyde. A conversion pathway for glycolaldehyde into lactic acid is proposed and our results suggest that the pathway via glycolaldehyde is also important in the conversion of glucose into lactic acid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2619-2623
Number of pages5
JournalCarbohydrate Research
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Nov 6


  • Alkaline catalyst
  • Biomass
  • Carbohydrates
  • Hydrothermal reaction
  • Lactic acid


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