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Dr. Caroline Laugel, Dr. Boris Estrine, Dr. Jean Le Bras, Dr. Norbert Hoffmann, Dr. Sinisa Marinkovic and Dr. Jacques Muzart NaBr/DMSO-Induced Synthesis of 2,5-Diformylfuran from Fructose or 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural ChemCatChem 6

Article first published online: 12 MAR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201400023

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With a pinch of salt: The association of NaBr as a catalyst and DMSO as a solvent allows the synthesis of 2,5-diformylfuran from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF) or fructose in 75 or 50 % yield, respectively. This transformation occurs through the formation of 5-(bromomethyl)furan-2-carbaldehyde followed by a Kornblum-type reaction.

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