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Issue 1, 2015
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Upgrading biomass-derived furans via acid-catalysis/hydrogenation: the remarkable difference between water and methanol as the solvent

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Abstract

In methanol 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and furfuryl alcohol (FA) can be selectively converted into methyl levulinate via acid-catalysis, whereas in water polymerization dominates. The hydrogenation of HMF, furan and furfural with the exception of FA is much more selective in methanol than in water.

Graphical abstract: Upgrading biomass-derived furans via acid-catalysis/hydrogenation: the remarkable difference between water and methanol as the solvent

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The article was received on 20 Sep 2014, accepted on 07 Oct 2014 and first published on 07 Oct 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C4GC01826E
Citation: Green Chem., 2015,17, 219-224

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    Upgrading biomass-derived furans via acid-catalysis/hydrogenation: the remarkable difference between water and methanol as the solvent

    X. Hu, R. J. M. Westerhof, L. Wu, D. Dong and C. Li, Green Chem., 2015, 17, 219
    DOI: 10.1039/C4GC01826E

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