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Carsten Sievers, Ildar Musin, Teresita Marzialetti, Mariefel B. Valenzuela Olarte, Pradeep K. Agrawal and Christopher W. Jones Acid-Catalyzed Conversion of Sugars and Furfurals in an Ionic-Liquid Phase ChemSusChem 2

Version of Record online: 24 JUN 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.200900092

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The reactivity of monosaccharides, furfural, and 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furfural (HMF) in an ionic liquid is in the presence of a Brønsted acid is investigated. Fructose is converted at a fast rate and yields HMF with high selectivity. Furfural and HMF are only converted to a major extent when monosaccharides and their degradation products are present. The acid-catalyzed degradation reactions also lead to the formation of solid residues.

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