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Highly efficient formic acid-mediated oxidation of renewable furfural to maleic acid with H2O2

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Abstract

Maleic acid and its anhydride are important intermediates in the chemical industry produced on a multimillion tonne-scale annually. The synthesis of maleic acid/anhydride from renewable biomass resources such as furfural and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural is highly desirable for the sustainability of human society. Most of the previously reported processes for maleic acid/anhydride synthesis from biomass suffer from low efficiency, complicated conditions and poor catalyst recyclability. Herein, we demonstrate a highly efficient and simple system for the synthesis of maleic acid from furfural. An excellent yield (95%) of maleic acid was achieved under mild conditions in this very simple system which requires only H2O2 as an oxidant in formic acid solvent. Under similar conditions, an 89% yield of maleic acid was achieved from biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethylfurfural. This study presents a novel synthetic method and a promising process for maleic acid production from renewable biomass resources.

Graphical abstract: Highly efficient formic acid-mediated oxidation of renewable furfural to maleic acid with H2O2

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The article was received on 02 Nov 2016, accepted on 29 Dec 2016 and first published on 30 Dec 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6GC03020C
Citation: Green Chem., 2017,19, 914-918
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    Highly efficient formic acid-mediated oxidation of renewable furfural to maleic acid with H2O2

    X. Li, B. Ho, D. S. W. Lim and Y. Zhang, Green Chem., 2017, 19, 914
    DOI: 10.1039/C6GC03020C

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