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Solvent-free mechanochemical oxidation and reduction of biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethyl furfural

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Abstract

The simultaneous synthesis of 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furoic acid and 2,5-hydroxymethylfuran from biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethyl furan was developed using a solvent-free mechanochemical approach. The results obtained for the Cannizzaro disproportionation reaction show quantitative conversions of the starting materials with reaction times of only 5 min. Employing solvent-free conditions allows for a more sustainable synthetic approach that is reflected in an Efactor 7 times smaller than that in previous reports. Additionally, initial results of the use of a sacrificial reagent, with the same solvent-free mechanochemical approach, for the selective reduction and oxidation of HMF are presented.

Graphical abstract: Solvent-free mechanochemical oxidation and reduction of biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethyl furfural

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The article was received on 06 Aug 2018, accepted on 14 Oct 2018 and first published on 19 Oct 2018


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8GC02481B
Citation: Green Chem., 2018, Advance Article
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    Solvent-free mechanochemical oxidation and reduction of biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethyl furfural

    F. Chacón-Huete, C. Messina, F. Chen, L. Cuccia, X. Ottenwaelder and P. Forgione, Green Chem., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8GC02481B

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