Phase Modifiers Promote Efficient Production of Hydroxymethylfurfural from Fructose

  title={Phase Modifiers Promote Efficient Production of Hydroxymethylfurfural from Fructose},
  author={Yuriy Rom{\'a}n‐Leshkov and Juben Nemchand Chheda and James A. Dumesic},
  pages={1933 - 1937}
Furan derivatives obtained from renewable biomass resources have the potential to serve as substitutes for the petroleum-based building blocks that are currently used in the production of plastics and fine chemicals. We developed a process for the selective dehydration of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) that operates at high fructose concentrations (10 to 50 weight %), achieves high yields (80% HMF selectivity at 90% fructose conversion), and delivers HMF in a separation-friendly… 

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