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Dr. Liang Wang, Dr. Hong Wang, Fujian Liu, Prof. Anmin Zheng, Jian Zhang, Qi Sun, Dr. James P. Lewis, Longfeng Zhu, Xiangju Meng and Prof. Feng-Shou Xiao Selective Catalytic Production of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural from Glucose by Adjusting Catalyst Wettability ChemSusChem 7

Version of Record online: 7 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201301076

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Superdry: Based on theoretical simulation, superhydrophobic mesoporous acid (P-SO3H-154) was rationally designed and successfully synthesized. The superhydrophobic acid could completely prevent HMF hydration, generating a sole HMF product from full conversion of fructose. Interestingly, the combined catalysts of superhydrophobic solid acid and superhydrophilic solid base are very efficient for one-pot conversion of glucose to HMF, resulting in a yield as high as 95.4 %.

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