Synthesis of Furfural from Xylose and Xylan

Authors

  • Dr. Joseph B. Binder,

    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706 (USA), Fax: (+1) 608-890-2583
    2. Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (USA)
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  • Jacqueline J. Blank,

    1. Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 433 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706 (USA)
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  • Anthony V. Cefali,

    1. College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1450 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706 (USA)
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  • Prof. Ronald T. Raines

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706 (USA), Fax: (+1) 608-890-2583
    2. Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 433 Babcock Drive, Madison, WI 53706 (USA)
    • Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706 (USA), Fax: (+1) 608-890-2583
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Abstract

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Furans from pentoses: Pentose-derived furfural is a commodity chemical produced from lignocellulose. A new route to furfural from renewable carbohydrates uses chromium catalysts under mild conditions to avail a chemical mechanism distinct from the usual acid catalysis. Applicable to both xylose and xylan, this new method offers an advantageous route to biomass-derived chemicals.

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