Small amounts of SO3H-functionalised room temperature synthesized ionic liquids efficiently dehydrate aqueous xylose to furfural under microwave heating at mild reaction conditions. The RT-ionic liquid catalysts were also found to be effective catalysts for the two step one-pot simultaneous hydrolysis and dehydration of a lignocellulosic waste biorefinery-derived syrup enriched in C5 sugar oligomers. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
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Juan, C. S-R., Campelo, J. M., Francavilla, M., Romero, A. A., Luque, R., Menendez-Vazquez, C., Garcia, A. B., & Garcia-Suarez, E. J. (2012). Efficient microwave-assisted production of furfural from C5 sugars in aqueous media catalysed by Brönsted acidic ionic liquids. Catalysis Science & Technology, 2(9), 1828-1832. https://doi.org/10.1039/c2cy20217d