Themed collection Biobased furanic derivatives for sustainable development

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Editorial

Biobased furanic derivatives for sustainable development

This themed issue includes a collection of articles on biobased furanic derivatives for sustainable development.

Graphical abstract: Biobased furanic derivatives for sustainable development
Perspective

Furan platform chemicals beyond fuels and plastics

Primary furan platform chemicals are attractive reactants for the production of fuels and polymers. This perspective shows that they are economic starting materials in the chemical and enzymatic synthesis of numerous chemicals of varying complexity.

Graphical abstract: Furan platform chemicals beyond fuels and plastics
From the themed collection: Green Chemistry Reviews
Open Access Tutorial Review

Recommendations for replacing PET on packaging, fiber, and film materials with biobased counterparts

What are the most promising biobased PET replacements? Are they economically feasible? Are they sustainable? Industrially feasible? In the future, PET will certainly be replaced by more than one option, e.g., PEF, PTF, bio-PET, and PLA.

Graphical abstract: Recommendations for replacing PET on packaging, fiber, and film materials with biobased counterparts
From the themed collection: Green Chemistry Reviews
Communication

From PEF to rPEF: disclosing the potential of deep eutectic solvents in continuous de-/re-polymerization recycling of biobased polyesters

For the first time, the design of a urea : zinc acetate DES for a continuous, eco-friendly and closed-loop approach for recycling poly(ethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate) (PEF) is communicated to avoid its future accumulation in the environment.

Graphical abstract: From PEF to rPEF: disclosing the potential of deep eutectic solvents in continuous de-/re-polymerization recycling of biobased polyesters
From the themed collection: 2022 Green Chemistry Hot Articles
Open Access Communication

Synthesis of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid dimethyl ester from galactaric acid via dimethyl carbonate chemistry

A simple procedure for the one-pot synthesis of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid dimethyl ester (FDME) from galactaric (mucic) acid via dimethyl carbonate (DMC) chemistry is presented. The compound was isolated as a white powder in 70% yield.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid dimethyl ester from galactaric acid via dimethyl carbonate chemistry
From the themed collection: 2022 Green Chemistry Hot Articles
Communication

Process condition-based tuneable selective catalysis of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) hydrogenation reactions to aromatic, saturated cyclic and linear poly-functional alcohols over Ni–Ce/Al2O3

The related immense versatility of a ceria-promoted transition metal catalyst, utilized for the hydrogenation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), is demonstrated in this research study.

Graphical abstract: Process condition-based tuneable selective catalysis of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) hydrogenation reactions to aromatic, saturated cyclic and linear poly-functional alcohols over Ni–Ce/Al2O3
Communication

Multicatalysis from renewable resources: a direct route to furan-based polyesters

A multicatalytic route to produce 2,5-bis(hydroxymethyl)furan and the corresponding copolymers is introduced. This one-pot approach uses several commercial catalysts and allows to obtain two furan intermediates, not contaminated by humins.

Graphical abstract: Multicatalysis from renewable resources: a direct route to furan-based polyesters
Open Access Paper

Tuning the selectivity of biomass oxidation over oxygen evolution on NiO–OH electrodes

Small cation size along with removal of trace iron from the electrolyte solution enables the practical use of earth-abundant nickel oxide electrodes for selective oxidation of organic molecules over water in aqueous solutions.

Graphical abstract: Tuning the selectivity of biomass oxidation over oxygen evolution on NiO–OH electrodes
Open Access Paper

Furfurylation protects timber from degradation by marine wood boring crustaceans

We fed furfurylated and control wood to gribble. Our results imply that furfurylation of wood protects against degradation by gribble without the reliance on broad spectrum biocides and can reduce costs associated with damaged wooden structures.

Graphical abstract: Furfurylation protects timber from degradation by marine wood boring crustaceans
From the themed collection: 2021 Green Chemistry Hot Articles
Paper

A rigid plant oil-based thermoset with a furfural-derived cyclobutane cross-linker

Furfural-based hardener for cross-linking flexible epoxidized linseed oils leading to bulky biobased thermosets with high hardness and good ultimate strength.

Graphical abstract: A rigid plant oil-based thermoset with a furfural-derived cyclobutane cross-linker
From the themed collection: 2021 Green Chemistry Hot Articles
Paper

Heterogeneous photocatalyzed acceptorless dehydrogenation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural upon visible-light illumination

Photocatalytic dehydrogenation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-diformylfuran under visible-light illumination: complete conversion and high selectivity can be achieved without any oxidants, additives or any conventional hydrogen acceptors.

Graphical abstract: Heterogeneous photocatalyzed acceptorless dehydrogenation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural upon visible-light illumination
Open Access Paper

Furoic acid and derivatives as atypical dienes in Diels–Alder reactions

Bio-derived furoic acids and their derivatives are unexpectedly reactive dienes in aqueous Diels–Alder cycloadditions with maleimides.

Graphical abstract: Furoic acid and derivatives as atypical dienes in Diels–Alder reactions
From the themed collection: 2021 Green Chemistry Hot Articles
Open Access Paper

Investigation of the catalytic activity and reaction kinetic modeling of two antimony catalysts in the synthesis of poly(ethylene furanoate)

The catalytic activity of two antimony catalysts was studied in the direct polymerization of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid with ethylene glycol to afford poly(ethylene furanoate), a biobased polyester for packaging applications.

Graphical abstract: Investigation of the catalytic activity and reaction kinetic modeling of two antimony catalysts in the synthesis of poly(ethylene furanoate)
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About this collection

This themed collection aims to gather the most advanced research in the area of furanic building blocks. These furanic platform molecules can be further derivatized and employed in various applications (thermoplastics; resins; biofuels; fine chemistry; green solvents, etc.). Their end-life (recycling, biodegradation), within a circular rational, is also a sparking field of research activity. Therefore, the biomass origin of these furanic molecules and the Green Chemistry principles that are employed to prepare, modify and dispose these molecules fit with the expectation of the journal.

Guest Edited by Andreia F. Sousa (University of Aveiro, Portugal), François Jérôme (University of Poitier/CNRS, France) and Nathanaël Guigo (University Côte d’Azur, France).

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