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A tunable process: catalytic transformation of renewable furfural with aliphatic alcohols in the presence of molecular oxygen

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Abstract

The tunable transformation of renewable furfural with aliphatic alcohols in the presence of O2 is developed. Based on a nano Au catalyst and potassium carbonate, a 91.8% yield of methyl 2-furoate with 98.7% selectivity is obtained via the oxidative esterification in a furfural–methanol–O2 system; while a 91.4% yield of 3-(furan-2-yl-)-2-methylacrylaldehyde with 97.2% selectivity is attained via the oxidative condensation in a furfural–n-propanol–O2 system.

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Submitted
30 Nov 2014
Accepted
23 Jan 2015
First published
26 Jan 2015

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 3674-3677
Article type
Communication
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A tunable process: catalytic transformation of renewable furfural with aliphatic alcohols in the presence of molecular oxygen

X. Tong, Z. Liu, L. Yu and Y. Li, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 3674 DOI: 10.1039/C4CC09562F

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