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Keywords:

  • biomass;
  • caprolactam;
  • caprolactone;
  • hydroxymethylfurfural;
  • sustainable chemistry
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Renewable nylon: 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), which can be obtained from renewable resources such as D-fructose, was converted into caprolactone with very good overall selectivity in only three steps. The new route involves two hydrogenation steps to obtain 1,6-hexanediol, which was oxidatively cyclized to caprolactone, and then converted into caprolactam.