One-pot conversion of biomass-derived xylose and furfural into levulinate esters via acid catalysis
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Hu, X. and Jiang, S. and Wu, L. and Wang, S. and Li, C. 2017. One-pot conversion of biomass-derived xylose and furfural into levulinate esters via acid catalysis. Chemical Communications. 53 (20): pp. 2938-2941.
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© The Royal Society of Chemistry.Direct conversion of biomass-derived xylose and furfural into levulinic acid, a platform molecule, via acid-catalysis has been accomplished for the first time in dimethoxymethane/methanol. Dimethoxymethane acted as an electrophile to transform furfural into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). Methanol suppressed both the polymerisation of the sugars/furans and the Aldol condensation of levulinic acid/ester.
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