Acid-catalysed conversion of saccharides into furanic aldehydes in the presence of three-dimensional mesoporous Al-TUD-1.

Department of Chemistry, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal.
Molecules (Impact Factor: 2.43). 06/2010; 15(6):3863-77. DOI:10.3390/molecules15063863
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ABSTRACT The one-pot acid-catalysed conversion of mono/di/polysaccharides (inulin, xylan, cellobiose, sucrose, glucose, fructose, xylose) into 2-furfuraldehyde (FUR) or 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in the presence of aluminium-containing mesoporous TUD-1 (denoted as Al-TUD-1, Si/Al = 21), at 170 degrees C was investigated. Xylose gave 60% FUR yield after 6 h reaction; hexose-based mono/disaccharides gave less than 20% HMF yield; polysaccharides gave less than 20 wt % FUR or HMF yields after 6 h. For four consecutive 6 h batches of the xylose reaction in the presence of Al-TUD-1, the FUR yields achieved were similar, without significant changes in Si/Al ratio.

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