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Dr. Weiran Yang and Prof. Ayusman Sen Direct Catalytic Synthesis of 5-Methylfurfural from Biomass-Derived Carbohydrates ChemSusChem 4

Version of Record online: 26 JAN 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201000369

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5-Methylfurfural (MF), an important chemical intermediate, can be obtained directly from carbohydrates using a metal catalyst, hydroiodic acid, and hydrogen in a biphasic reaction procedure. The catalyst system is robust and can be recycled without loss of reactivity.

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