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Weiran Yang and Ayusman Sen One-Step Catalytic Transformation of Carbohydrates and Cellulosic Biomass to 2,5-Dimethyltetrahydrofuran for Liquid Fuels ChemSusChem 3

Version of Record online: 30 APR 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.200900285

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From a wide range of biomass-derived materials, even including raw corn stover, hexose is converted into 2,5-dimethyltetrahydrofuran in one step, in good yields, and under mild conditions in water. Under the same conditions, 2-methyltetrahydrofuran is formed from pentose. The reaction employs a soluble rhodium catalyst, dihydrogen, and HI/HCl+NaI. The catalytic system is robust and can be recycled several times without loss of activity.

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