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Dr. Xinhua Qi, Dr. Masaru Watanabe, Dr. Taku M. Aida and Prof. Richard L. Smith Jr Fast Transformation of Glucose and Di-/Polysaccharides into 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural by Microwave Heating in an Ionic Liquid/Catalyst System ChemSusChem 3

Article first published online: 26 JUL 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201000124

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When in chrome…: An effective process for the fast transformation (within minutes) of glucose, fructose, sucrose, cellobiose and cellulose into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural is developed. The process makes use of a recyclable system comprising an ionic liquid and CrCl3 as catalyst.

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