Phosphotungstic Acid Encapsulated in Metal–Organic Framework as Catalysts for Carbohydrate Dehydration to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural

Authors

  • Dr. Yanmei Zhang,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. O. Box 110, Dalian 116023 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 411-84694447
    2. Schuit Institute of Catalysis, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 40-2455054)
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  • Dr. Volkan Degirmenci,

    1. Schuit Institute of Catalysis, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 40-2455054)
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  • Prof. Can Li,

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. O. Box 110, Dalian 116023 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 411-84694447
    • State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. O. Box 110, Dalian 116023 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 411-84694447
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  • Prof. Emiel J. M. Hensen

    Corresponding author
    1. Schuit Institute of Catalysis, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 40-2455054)
    • Schuit Institute of Catalysis, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5600 MB Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 40-2455054)
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Abstract

MIL-101, a chromium-based metal–organic framework, is known for its very large pore size, large surface area and good stability. However, applications of this material in catalysis are still limited. 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) has been considered a renewable chemical platform for the production of liquid fuels and fine chemicals. Phosphotungstic acid, H3PW12O40 (PTA), encapsulated in MIL-101 is evaluated as a potential catalyst for the selective dehydration of fructose and glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural. The results demonstrate that PTA/MIL-101 is effective for HMF production from fructose in DMSO and can be reused. This is the first example of the application of a metal–organic framework in carbohydrate dehydration.

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