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Dr. Vitaly V. Ordomsky, Dr. John van der Schaaf, Prof. Dr. Jaap C. Schouten and Dr. T. Alexander Nijhuis Glucose Dehydration to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural in a Biphasic System over Solid Acid Foams ChemSusChem 6

Version of Record online: 24 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300017

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Cat-Al-ytically coated: The preparation of a solid acid foam based on zirconium phosphate (ZrPO) coating on aluminum foam is described. The catalytic properties are evaluated in the dehydration of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in a biphasic rotating foam reactor (see picture). The silylation procedure leads to a higher selectivity, and a more intensive contact of the foam with aqueous and organic phases leads to an increase of selectivity and stability.

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