Production of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural from direct conversion of cellulose using heteropolyacid/Nb2O5 as Catalyst

Jéssica Siqueira Mancilha Nogueira, Vinícius Tomaz Santana, Paulo Vitor Henrique, Leandro Gonçalves de Aguiar, João Paulo Alves Silva, Solange I. Mussatto*, Livia Melo Carneiro

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This study aimed to select the best reaction conditions to produce 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) from cellulose using heterogeneous catalyst based on a heteropolyacid (H3PW12O40—HPW) and Nb2O5. Initially, the influence of the temperature (160 or 200°C), acetone:water ratio (50:50 or 75:25 v/v), cellulose load (5% or 10% w/v) and catalyst concentration (1% or 5% w/v) on HMF production from cellulose was evaluated through a Taguchi’s L16 screening experimental design. Afterwards, the main variables affecting this process, namely the temperature (160–240°C) and acetone:water ratio (60:40–90:10 v/v), were optimized using a central composite rotatable design. Next, a kinetic study on HMF production from cellulose was carried out. Finally, HMF production from cellulose obtained from different biomass sources was evaluated. It was found that the reaction conditions able to result in maximum HMF yield, i.e., around 20%, were 200°C, acetone:water ratio of 75:25 (v/v), 10% w/v of cellulose, and 5% w/v of catalyst concentration. The kinetic study revealed that the Langmuir–Hinshelwood–Hougen–Watson approach fit to the experimental data. Under the optimized conditions, the catalyst HPW/Nb2O5 was also effective in converting different sources of cellulose into HMF.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1417
Issue number12
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • 5-hydroxymethylfurfural
  • Cellulose
  • Heteropolyacid catalyst
  • Optimization
  • Kinetic

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