Study of a recycling reaction system for catalytic transformation of biomass-based carbohydrates via acidic-polar biphasic conditions†
Ethyl levulinate (EL) was produced via one-pot conversion of biomass-based carbohydrates under a reusable biphasic system over a solid acid catalyst. In situ EL synthesis and extraction occurred during the reaction, resulting from the addition of a small amount of inorganic NaCl salt. The possible behavior of EL formation was described in detail. No serious reduction in the turnover rate of sucrose conversion was found during the recycling process.