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Dr. Edmond Lam, Ehsan Majid, Dr. Alfred C. W. Leung, Dr. Jonathan H. Chong, Dr. Khaled A. Mahmoud and Prof. Dr. John H. T. Luong Synthesis of Furfural from Xylose by Heterogeneous and Reusable Nafion Catalysts ChemSusChem 4

Article first published online: 17 MAR 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201100023

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Fast, convenient, 117: Nafion 117 is demonstrated to be an efficient, reusable heterogeneous catalyst for the dehydration of xylose to furfural, a sustainable intermediate for fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and furan-based polymers. The high catalytic activity of Nafion 117 promotes shorter reaction times to limit the formation of side-products, which otherwise would lead to decreased yields.

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