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Dr. Fei Liu, Dr. Joël Barrault, Dr. Karine De Oliveira Vigier and Dr. François Jérôme Dehydration of Highly Concentrated Solutions of Fructose to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural in a Cheap and Sustainable Choline Chloride/Carbon Dioxide System ChemSusChem 5

Article first published online: 29 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200186

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Fête DES sciences: The dehydration of fructose and inulin to HMF is conveniently performed in a cheap and sustainable choline chloride/CO2 deep eutectic solvent (DES) system. The medium is capable of converting high contents of fructose (>100 wt %) without affecting the yield of HMF (up to 72 %). The purity of the recovered HMF is >98%, and the reaction medium can be recycled.

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