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Selective Conversion of Fructose to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural Catalyzed by Tungsten Salts at Low Temperatures



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An ionic liquid–tungsten salt catalyst system that can convert fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural at low temperatures (room temperature to 50 °C) is reported. An ionic liquid–tetrahydrofuran biphasic system using a tungsten salt catalyst offers a feasible large-scale continuous production protocol for 5-hydroxymethylfurfural that operates at low temperatures and ambient pressure.

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