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Elif I. Gürbüz, Dr. Jean Marcel R. Gallo, Dr. David Martin Alonso, Dr. Stephanie G. Wettstein, Wee Y. Lim and Prof. James A. Dumesic Conversion of Hemicellulose into Furfural Using Solid Acid Catalysts in γ-Valerolactone Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Version of Record online: 4 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201207334

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Hold the water: The hemicellulose fraction of lignocellulose can be converted into furfural in high yields (80 %) using solid acid catalysts (H-mordenite) in a monophasic system with γ-valerolactone (GVL) as the solvent. Furfural degradation reactions are decreased significantly when the water concentration in GVL is minimized, thus resulting in high furfural yields.

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