Benjamin R. Caes and Prof. Ronald T. Raines Conversion of Fructose into 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural in Sulfolane ChemSusChem 4
Sulfolane, an industrial solvent, allows for the efficient conversion of fructose into 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF), a key platform chemical. Yields of ≥90 % are attainable with catalytic HBr in 1 h at 100 °C. The use of an inexpensive catalyst at a low concentration, low temperature, and short reaction time makes the process amenable for large-scale access to HMF.
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