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Synthesis of phenols from hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF)

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This study describes the use of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) as a precursor to phenols that are accessible within a few simple catalytic steps. A key step is an efficient transformation of HMF into its propargyl ether derivative under flow conditions. The latter was subsequently functionalised and used for gold-catalysed conversion into aromatic phenol derivatives. Special attention was paid on performing all of the chemical transformations under mild and environmentally benign conditions.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of phenols from hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF)

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The article was received on 14 Jun 2016, accepted on 26 Jul 2016 and first published on 27 Jul 2016

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6GC01622G
Citation: Green Chem., 2016,18, 5800-5805
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    Synthesis of phenols from hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF)

    S. Tšupova, F. Rominger, M. Rudolph and A. S. K. Hashmi, Green Chem., 2016, 18, 5800
    DOI: 10.1039/C6GC01622G

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