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Catalytic transfer hydrogenation of biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethyl furfural to the building block 2,5-bishydroxymethyl furan

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Abstract

An efficient process for the catalytic transfer hydrogenation of biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) to 2,5-bishydroxymethyl furan (BHMF) is presented using ethanol as a hydrogen donor and solvent over low-cost ZrO(OH)2. A HMF conversion of 94.1% and a DHMF selectivity of 88.9% were achieved at 423 K in 2.5 h. The fresh, spent, and regenerated catalysts were characterized comprehensively, and the OH group of ZrO(OH)2 as sites for ligand exchange with ethanol was considered to be important for the activity.

Graphical abstract: Catalytic transfer hydrogenation of biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethyl furfural to the building block 2,5-bishydroxymethyl furan

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Submitted
05 Jun 2015
Accepted
21 Sep 2015
First published
21 Sep 2015

Green Chem., 2016,18, 1080-1088
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Catalytic transfer hydrogenation of biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethyl furfural to the building block 2,5-bishydroxymethyl furan

W. Hao, W. Li, X. Tang, X. Zeng, Y. Sun, S. Liu and L. Lin, Green Chem., 2016, 18, 1080
DOI: 10.1039/C5GC01221J

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