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Catalytic Conversion of Inert Carbohydrates into Platform Chemical 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural Using Arylboronic Acids

Authors

  • Daniel H. Lukamto,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637616 (Singapore)
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  • Peng Wang,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637616 (Singapore)
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  • Prof. Dr. Teck-Peng Loh

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    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China), Tel: (+86) 551-360-3531
    2. Department of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637616 (Singapore)
    • Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China), Tel: (+86) 551-360-3531

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Abstract

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Looking forward: As fossil fuels deplete, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) will play an important role in securing future energy and chemical feedstock needs as it is obtainable from renewable resources such as glucose and cellulose. We report a group of nonmetal Lewis-acid arylboronic acids that catalyse the formation of HMF in 3-ethyl-1-methyl-3 H-imidazol-1-ium chloride ([EMIM]Cl) from glucose and cellulose. EWG=electron-withdrawing group.

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