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“One-Pot” Synthesis of 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural from Carbohydrates using Tin-Beta Zeolite

Nikolla, Eranda and Román-Leshkov, Yuriy and Moliner, Manuel and Davis, Mark E. (2011) “One-Pot” Synthesis of 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural from Carbohydrates using Tin-Beta Zeolite. ACS Catalysis, 1 (4). pp. 408-410. ISSN 2155-5435. doi:10.1021/cs2000544.

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Conversion of carbohydrates to 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF) may provide a step forward toward achieving a renewable biomass-based chemicals and fuels platform. Recently, we reported that a tin-containing, high-silica molecular sieve with the zeolite beta topology (Sn-Beta) can efficiently catalyze the isomerization of glucose to fructose in aqueous media at low pH. Herein, we describe the combination of Sn-Beta with acid catalysts in a one vessel, biphasic reactor system to synthesize HMF from carbohydrates such as glucose, cellobiose, and starch with high efficiency. HMF selectivities over 70% were obtained using this “one-pot” biphasic water/tetrahydrofuran (THF) reactor system. The key to successfully achieving the conversions/selectivities reported is that Sn-Beta is able to convert glucose to fructose at pH near 1 and in saturated aqueous salt solutions.

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Nikolla, Eranda0000-0002-8172-884X
Román-Leshkov, Yuriy0000-0002-0025-4233
Moliner, Manuel0000-0002-5440-716X
Davis, Mark E.0000-0001-8294-1477
Additional Information:© 2011 American Chemical Society. Received: February 1, 2011; revised: March 4. 2011; published: March 7, 2011. This work is financially supported as a part of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Science under Award Number DE-SC000I004.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-SC0001004
Subject Keywords:Zeolite; HMF; carbohydrate conversion; glucose isomerization; heterogeneous catalysis
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Official Citation:“One-Pot” Synthesis of 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural from Carbohydrates using Tin-Beta Zeolite Eranda Nikolla, Yuriy Romn-Leshkov, Manuel Moliner, Mark E. Davis ACS Catalysis 2011 1 (4), 408-410
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