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Catalysis Surveys from Asia

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 164-182

Catalytic Transformations of Biomass-Derived Materials into Value-Added Chemicals

  • Atsushi TakagakiAffiliated withDepartment of Chemical System Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
  • , Shun NishimuraAffiliated withSchool of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  • , Kohki EbitaniAffiliated withSchool of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Email author 

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Abstract

This manuscript reviews recent literatures on synthesis of furfurals (5-hydroxymethylfurfural, furfural, 5-methyl-2-furaldehyde) from various sugars (glucose, fructose, d-galactose, d-arabinose, xylose, l-rhamnose, lactose, cellobiose, sucrose) and furfural conversions into other carbonyl compounds (2,5-diformylfuran, 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid, levulinic acid, succinic acid) using catalytic methodology. Our recent achievements on one-pot synthesis of furfurals using solid acid and base catalysts and selective oxidations of furfurals using heterogeneous catalysts are also included.

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Keywords

Biomass Biorefinery One-pot Heterogeneous catalysts Furfurals Sugars