Journal of Flow Chemistry

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 3–9 | Cite as

Simple and selective conversion of fructose into HMF using extractive-reaction process in microreactor

  • Janine Lueckgen
  • Laurent Vanoye
  • Régis Philippe
  • Marion Eternot
  • Pascal Fongarland
  • Claude de Bellefon
  • Alain Favre-Réguillon


An extractive-reaction process for the synthesis of HMF from fructose was implemented in microreactor. Experimental conditions were 10 wt.% fructose in water, MIBK as extracting solvent and HCl as catalyst in a temperature window of 120–160 °C, a MIBK/H2O ratio 1 to 9 and an HCl concentration of 0.25–2 M. The dehydration of fructose to HMF is achieved in less than 40s with a total HMF yield higher than 90% at 150 °C. Aqueous and organic phase spontaneously separate at the outlet of the reactor and HMF is obtained in MIBK with a yield of 80% and a purity of 92%.

Graphical abstract


HMF Microreactor Continuous extraction 



J. L. gratefully acknowledges financial support by “Institut de Chimie de Lyon” (ICL). Authors would like to thank F. Bornette for technical assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janine Lueckgen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Laurent Vanoye
    • 1
  • Régis Philippe
    • 1
  • Marion Eternot
    • 2
  • Pascal Fongarland
    • 1
  • Claude de Bellefon
    • 1
  • Alain Favre-Réguillon
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Génie des Procédés CatalytiquesUniversity of LyonVilleurbanneFrance
  2. 2.Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l’Environnement de LyonUniversity of LyonVilleurbanneFrance
  3. 3.Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Equipe Pédagogique Nationale 7ParisFrance

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