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Hydrothermal conversion of carbohydrate biomass into formic acid at mild temperatures

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Abstract

The production of formic acid or formate salts by hydrothermal oxidation of glucose, a model compound of carbohydrate biomass, was investigated in the presence and absence of alkali using a batch reactor with H2O2 oxidant. Results showed that glucose was converted into formate salts with an excellent yield of 75% at a mild temperature of 250 °C in the presence of alkali. The results should be helpful to facilitate studies for developing a new green process for the conversion of carbohydrate biomass into formic acid, which can be a potential intermediate for fuels, as well as other value-added products.

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The article was received on 06 Feb 2008, accepted on 09 Apr 2008 and first published on 21 Apr 2008


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B802076K
Citation: Green Chem., 2008,10, 612-615
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    Hydrothermal conversion of carbohydrate biomass into formic acid at mild temperatures

    F. Jin, J. Yun, G. Li, A. Kishita, K. Tohji and H. Enomoto, Green Chem., 2008, 10, 612
    DOI: 10.1039/B802076K

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