Cover Picture: Synthesis of Furfural from Xylose and Xylan (ChemSusChem 11/2010)

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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The cover picture is from the Communication by Binder et al. on p. 1268. Xylan, a polymer of xylose, is a primary component of birch and other hardwoods. The authors report on the one-step conversion of xylan into furfural, a commodity chemical. Their process, which uses mild conditions, offers an advantageous route from pentosans to renewable fuels and chemicals.

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