Efficient route to hydroxymethylfurans from sugars via transfer hydrogenation

Todsapon Thananatthanachon, Thomas B. Rauchfuss

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Tandem catalysis, relying on formic acid as an acid catalyst and as a source of hydrogen, provides a promising route to highly pure furanylmethanols. The new approach exploits (i) the use of DMSO to mediate highly efficient routes to furfurals and (ii) the ability of transfer hydrogenation catalysts to effect the hydrogenation, with good tolerance for DMSO.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1139-1141
Number of pages3
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Biomass
  • Bis(hydroxymethyl)furan
  • Formic acid
  • Hydroxymethylfufural
  • Transfer hydrogenation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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