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Issue 1, 2013
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Microwave heating for rapid conversion of sugars and polysaccharides to 5-chloromethyl furfural

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Abstract

A range of carbohydrates has been rapidly and selectively converted to 5-chloromethyl furfural using microwave heating in a biphasic reaction system with a range of organic solvents. Fructose and inulin were especially effective for production of this valuable bio-platform molecule, with yields of >70% obtained in 15 minutes under microwave heating. Yields from cellulose were dramatically increased with ball mill pre-treatment, this being associated with a reduction in polysaccharide crystallinity.

Graphical abstract: Microwave heating for rapid conversion of sugars and polysaccharides to 5-chloromethyl furfural

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The article was received on 14 Aug 2012, accepted on 16 Oct 2012 and first published on 18 Oct 2012


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2GC36290B
Green Chem., 2013,15, 72-75

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    Microwave heating for rapid conversion of sugars and polysaccharides to 5-chloromethyl furfural

    S. W. Breeden, J. H. Clark, T. J. Farmer, D. J. Macquarrie, J. S. Meimoun, Y. Nonne and J. E. S. J. Reid, Green Chem., 2013, 15, 72
    DOI: 10.1039/C2GC36290B

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