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One-pot reduction of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural via hydrogen transfer from supercritical methanol

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Abstract

Catalytic conversion of HMF to valuable chemicals was achieved over a Cu-doped porous metal oxide in supercritical methanol. The hydrotalcite catalyst precursor is prepared following simple synthetic procedures, using inexpensive and earth-abundant starting materials in aqueous solutions. The hydrogen equivalents needed for the reductive deoxygenation of HMF originate from the solvent itself upon its reforming. Dimethylfuran, dimethyltetrahydrofuran and 2-hexanol were obtained in good yields. At milder reaction temperatures, a combined yield (DMF + DMTHF) of 58% was achieved. Notably, the formation of higher boiling side products and undesired char from HMF is not detected under these reaction conditions.

Graphical abstract: One-pot reduction of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural via hydrogen transfer from supercritical methanol

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The article was received on 02 May 2012, accepted on 09 Jul 2012 and first published on 09 Jul 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2GC35667H
Citation: Green Chem., 2012,14, 2457-2461
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    One-pot reduction of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural via hydrogen transfer from supercritical methanol

    T. S. Hansen, K. Barta, P. T. Anastas, P. C. Ford and A. Riisager, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 2457
    DOI: 10.1039/C2GC35667H

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