Catalysis Surveys from Asia

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 164–182

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


DOI: 10.1007/s10563-012-9142-3

Cite this article as:
Takagaki, A., Nishimura, S. & Ebitani, K. Catal Surv Asia (2012) 16: 164. doi:10.1007/s10563-012-9142-3


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.

Graphical Abstract


BiomassBiorefineryOne-potHeterogeneous catalystsFurfuralsSugars

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Atsushi Takagaki
    • 1
  • Shun Nishimura
    • 2
  • Kohki Ebitani
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical System Engineering, School of EngineeringThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.School of Materials ScienceJapan Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyIshikawaJapan