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Dr. Joseph B. Binder, Jacqueline J. Blank, Anthony V. Cefali and Prof. Ronald T. Raines Synthesis of Furfural from Xylose and Xylan ChemSusChem 3

Version of Record online: 10 SEP 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201000181

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Furans from pentoses: Pentose-derived furfural is a commodity chemical produced from lignocellulose. A new route to furfural from renewable carbohydrates uses chromium catalysts under mild conditions to avail a chemical mechanism distinct from the usual acid catalysis. Applicable to both xylose and xylan, this new method offers an advantageous route to biomass-derived chemicals.

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