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Yury Y. Gorbanev, Søren K. Klitgaard, John M. Woodley, Claus H. Christensen and Anders Riisager Gold-Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidation of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural in Water at Ambient Temperature ChemSusChem 2

Version of Record online: 10 JUL 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.200900059

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The biomass-derived chemical 5-hydroxymethylfurfural is readily oxidized with oxygen over a titania-supported gold nanoparticle catalyst in aqueous solution in the presence of base to afford 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid, a potential monomer building block for the plastics industry.

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