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Facile Single-Step Conversion of Macroalgal Polymeric Carbohydrates into Biofuels

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  • Bora Kim,

    1. Green Chemistry & Engineering R&D Department, Cleaner Production Technology Division, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), 35-3 Hongcheon-Ri, Ipchang-Myeon, Seobuk-Gu, Cheonan-Si, Chungnam 330-825 (South Korea), Fax: (+82) 41-589-8580
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  • Jaewon Jeong,

    1. Green Chemistry & Engineering R&D Department, Cleaner Production Technology Division, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), 35-3 Hongcheon-Ri, Ipchang-Myeon, Seobuk-Gu, Cheonan-Si, Chungnam 330-825 (South Korea), Fax: (+82) 41-589-8580
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  • Dr. Seunghan Shin,

    1. Green Chemistry & Engineering R&D Department, Cleaner Production Technology Division, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), 35-3 Hongcheon-Ri, Ipchang-Myeon, Seobuk-Gu, Cheonan-Si, Chungnam 330-825 (South Korea), Fax: (+82) 41-589-8580
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  • Dr. Dohoon Lee,

    1. Green Chemistry & Engineering R&D Department, Cleaner Production Technology Division, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), 35-3 Hongcheon-Ri, Ipchang-Myeon, Seobuk-Gu, Cheonan-Si, Chungnam 330-825 (South Korea), Fax: (+82) 41-589-8580
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  • Dr. Sangyong Kim,

    1. Green Chemistry & Engineering R&D Department, Cleaner Production Technology Division, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), 35-3 Hongcheon-Ri, Ipchang-Myeon, Seobuk-Gu, Cheonan-Si, Chungnam 330-825 (South Korea), Fax: (+82) 41-589-8580
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  • Hyo-Jin Yoon,

    1. School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Kwanak-Gu, Seoul 151-744 (South Korea)
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  • Dr. Jin Ku Cho

    Corresponding author
    1. Green Chemistry & Engineering R&D Department, Cleaner Production Technology Division, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), 35-3 Hongcheon-Ri, Ipchang-Myeon, Seobuk-Gu, Cheonan-Si, Chungnam 330-825 (South Korea), Fax: (+82) 41-589-8580
    • Green Chemistry & Engineering R&D Department, Cleaner Production Technology Division, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), 35-3 Hongcheon-Ri, Ipchang-Myeon, Seobuk-Gu, Cheonan-Si, Chungnam 330-825 (South Korea), Fax: (+82) 41-589-8580
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Abstract

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Red macroalgae-derived agar is a renewable and sustainable resource. For the synthesis of HMF under solid Brønsted acid conditions, agar shows a unique reaction pattern and affords higher yields than land plant-based polymeric carbohydrates. Agar can be directly converted into next-generation biofuels by one-pot reactions and readily isolated by using a general workup procedure, which is crucial for a large-scale process.

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