Promotors: Prof.dr. E. Bouwman, Prof.dr. E. Drent
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The aim of this thesis is to introduce the readers to the importance of bio-based products and their potential applications in chemical industries. Alternative routes to the widely used nylon precursor caprolactam are discussed and compared with the current fossil-based synthesis. Furthermore, the aim of the research - the development of a novel synthesis route to caprolactam based on biomass - is reported; the envisaged reaction sequence includes the development of new catalytic chemistry, namely reductive amidation and hydroamidomethylation.