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Issue 20, 2019
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Synthesis of biomass-derived feedstocks for the polymers and fuels industries from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF) and acetone

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Abstract

We show that 5-(hydroxymethyl) furfural (HMF) and acetone can be selectively converted into a range of biomass-derived high molecular weight chemicals in high yield (>90%). HMF was condensed with acetone and purified to produce HMF-Acetone-HMF dimer (HAH). We then selectively synthesized various compounds from HAH by the sequential catalytic reaction pathway of hydrogenation, ring-opening, and hydrodeoxygenation. These synthesized HMF-derived chemicals were characterized by 1D and 2D NMR spectra and high resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS). The HMF-derived molecules described in this paper can be feedstocks for the polymer, pigment, and petroleum industries.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of biomass-derived feedstocks for the polymers and fuels industries from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF) and acetone

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Submitted
04 Jun 2019
Accepted
07 Aug 2019
First published
07 Aug 2019

Green Chem., 2019,21, 5532-5540
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Synthesis of biomass-derived feedstocks for the polymers and fuels industries from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF) and acetone

H. Chang, A. H. Motagamwala, G. W. Huber and J. A. Dumesic, Green Chem., 2019, 21, 5532
DOI: 10.1039/C9GC01859J

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