Process integration for the conversion of glucose to 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid

A. Boisen, T.B. Christensen, Wenjing Fu, Yury Gorbanev, T.S. Hansen, J.S. Jensen, Søren Kegnæs, S. Pedersen, Anders Riisager, Tim Ståhlberg, John Woodley

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The development of biorefineries means that a key feedstock for many new processes will be sugars in various forms, such as glucose or fructose. From these feedstocks a range of chemicals can be synthesized using heterogeneous catalysis, immobilized enzymes, homogeneous catalysts, soluble enzymes, fermentations or combinations thereof. This presents a particularly interesting process integration challenge since the optimal conditions for each conversion step will be considerably different from each other. Furthermore, compared to oil-based refineries the feedstock represents a relatively high proportion of the final product value and therefore yield and selectivity in these steps are of crucial importance. In this paper using the conversion of glucose to 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid and associated products as an example, alternative routes will be compared with respect to achievable selectivity, and achievable yield.
Original languageEnglish
JournalChemical Engineering Research & Design
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1318-1327
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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