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Dr. Yanmei Zhang, Dr. Evgeny A. Pidko and Prof. Dr. Emiel J. M. Hensen Molecular Aspects of Glucose Dehydration by Chromium Chlorides in Ionic Liquids Chemistry - A European Journal 17

Article first published online: 12 APR 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/chem.201003645

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Active sites organize: The catalytic reactivity of different Cr salts for the selective dehydration of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural has been investigated. The unique reactivity of chromium chlorides in ionic liquid relates to the transient self-organization of catalytic Cr complexes, which promotes the initial glucose to fructose isomerization step (see graphic). The reaction mechanism does not depend on the formal oxidation state of the metal center.

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