Chapter 17. Fun with Furans

  1. Dr. Philip Kraft2 and
  2. Dr. Karl A. D. Swift3
  1. David Rowe

Published Online: 3 MAY 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783906390475.ch17

Perspectives in Flavor and Fragrance Research

Perspectives in Flavor and Fragrance Research

How to Cite

Rowe, D. (2005) Fun with Furans, in Perspectives in Flavor and Fragrance Research (eds P. Kraft and K. A. D. Swift), Verlag Helvetica Chimica Acta, Zürich. doi: 10.1002/9783906390475.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Givaudan Schweiz AG, Überlandstrasse 138, CH-8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland

  2. 3

    Maybridge Ltd., Trevillett, Tintagel, Cornwall PL34 0HW, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. De Monchy Aromatics Ltd., Blackhill Road, Holton Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6LS, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2007
  2. Published Print: 23 MAR 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783906390369

Online ISBN: 9783906390475



  • furans;
  • hydroxyfuranones;
  • sotolone


The aromatic furan ring is found in a wide range of aroma chemicals, especially those produced by the Maillard reaction. They include both low-odor materials such as furfural and high-impact materials such as 2-methylfuran-3-thiol. Among the most important are the hydroxyfuranones, especially 4-hydroxy-2,5-dimethylfuran- 3(2H)-one (HDMF, 7), which is a material of unusual reactivity. This contrasts with the inert character of its isomer sotolone. Furans are also found as trace components where they can either contribute a desirable character or an off-note depending on context.