Acetalization of furfural with zeolites under benign reaction conditions

Juan Miguel Rubio-Caballeroa, Saravanamurugan Shunmugavel, Pedro Maireles-Torres, Anders Riisager

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Acetalization is a viable method to protect carbonyl functionalities in organic compounds and offers apotential synthetic strategy for synthesizing derived chemicals. In this work, several families of commer-cial zeolites have been employed as solid acid catalysts in the acetalization of furfural to form furfuraldiethyl acetal at room temperature using ethanol as a renewable solvent. Among the tested catalysts,H-USY (6) provided the highest catalytic activity (79% acetal yield), excellent selectivity and reusabilityin five consecutive reaction runs. Process parameters such as, e.g. reaction time, catalyst loading andapplicability of different lower alcohols were evaluated and optimized
Original languageEnglish
JournalCatalysis Today
Pages (from-to)233-236
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Furfural
  • Zeolites
  • H-USY (6)
  • Furfural diethyl acetal
  • Ethanol


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