One-pot reduction of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural via hydrogen transfer from supercritical methanol

Thomas Søndergaard Hansen, Katalin Barta, Paul T. Anastas, Peter C. Ford, Anders Riisager

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Abstract

Catalytic conversion of HMF to valuable chemicals was achieved over a Cu-doped porous metal oxide in supercritical methanol. The hydrotalcite catalyst precursor is prepared following simple synthetic procedures, using inexpensive and earth-abundant starting materials in aqueous solutions. The hydrogen equivalents needed for the reductive deoxygenation of HMF originate from the solvent itself upon its reforming. Dimethylfuran, dimethyltetrahydrofuran and 2-hexanol were obtained in good yields. At milder reaction temperatures, a combined yield (DMF + DMTHF) of 58% was achieved. Notably, the formation of higher boiling side products and undesired char from HMF is not detected under these reaction conditions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGreen Chemistry
Volume14
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)2457-2461
ISSN1463-9262
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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