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Keywords:

  • biomass;
  • carbohydrates;
  • catalysis;
  • green chemistry;
  • ionic liquids
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A green process for the efficient conversion of fructose into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural at room temperature is described. High selectivities for 5-HMF at fructose conversions of ca. 95 % are obtained at 25 oC for 6 h in the ionic liquid [BMIM][Cl], through addition of acetone or other cosolvents.