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Efficient conversion of glucose into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural catalyzed by a common Lewis acid SnCl4 in an ionic liquid

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Abstract

The common Lewis acid SnCl4 could efficiently convert glucose into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([EMim]BF4). New evidence indicated that the formation of the five-membered-ring chelate complex of the Sn atom and glucose may play a key role for the formation of HMF, and the mechanism for the reaction was proposed. In addition, the [EMim]BF4/SnCl4 system was also suitable for the conversion of fructose, sucrose, inulin, cellobiose and starch.

Graphical abstract: Efficient conversion of glucose into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural catalyzed by a common Lewis acid SnCl4 in an ionic liquid

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The article was received on 21 Jul 2009, accepted on 07 Sep 2009 and first published on 14 Sep 2009


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B914601F
Green Chem., 2009,11, 1746-1749

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    Efficient conversion of glucose into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural catalyzed by a common Lewis acid SnCl4 in an ionic liquid

    S. Hu, Z. Zhang, J. Song, Y. Zhou and B. Han, Green Chem., 2009, 11, 1746
    DOI: 10.1039/B914601F

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