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Nima Nikbin, Dr. Stavros Caratzoulas and Prof. Dr. Dionisios G. Vlachos On the Brønsted Acid-Catalyzed Homogeneous Hydrolysis of Furans ChemSusChem 6

Article first published online: 4 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300432

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Furan affairs: Electronic structure calculations of the homogeneous Brønsted acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of 2,5-dimethylfuran show that proton transfer to the β-position is rate-limiting and provides support that the hydrolysis follows general acid catalysis. By means of projected Fukui indices, we show this to be the case for unsubstituted, 2-, and 2,5-substituted furans with electron-donating groups.

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