Direct Catalytic Synthesis of 5-Methylfurfural from Biomass-Derived Carbohydrates

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  • Dr. Weiran Yang,

    1. Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (USA), Fax: (+1) 814-863-5319
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  • Prof. Ayusman Sen

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    1. Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (USA), Fax: (+1) 814-863-5319
    • Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (USA), Fax: (+1) 814-863-5319
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Abstract

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5-Methylfurfural (MF), an important chemical intermediate, can be obtained directly from carbohydrates using a metal catalyst, hydroiodic acid, and hydrogen in a biphasic reaction procedure. The catalyst system is robust and can be recycled without loss of reactivity.

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