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High-yield conversion of plant biomass into the key value-added feedstocks 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural, levulinic acid, and levulinic esters via 5-(chloromethyl)furfural

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Abstract

5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural, levulinic acid, ethyl levulinate and butyl levulinate are produced by the solvolysis of 5-(chloromethyl)furfural (CMF). Since CMF can be derived in high yield from sugars, cellulose, or lignocellulosic feedstocks, the process described here presents an efficient entry into the value-added manifold of biomass-derived products of relevance to the organic materials and fuel industries.

Graphical abstract: High-yield conversion of plant biomass into the key value-added feedstocks 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural, levulinic acid, and levulinic esters via 5-(chloromethyl)furfural

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The article was received on 11 Sep 2009, accepted on 26 Nov 2009 and first published on 15 Dec 2009


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B918922J
Citation: Green Chem., 2010,12, 370-373
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    High-yield conversion of plant biomass into the key value-added feedstocks 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural, levulinic acid, and levulinic esters via 5-(chloromethyl)furfural

    M. Mascal and E. B. Nikitin, Green Chem., 2010, 12, 370
    DOI: 10.1039/B918922J

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