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Title: Method for selectively preparing 5-hydroxymethylfurfual (HMF) from biomass in polar aprotic solvents

A method to produce 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is described in which a reactant including cellulose, lignocellulose, or a combination thereof, in a reaction mixture of a polar, aprotic solvent and an acid is reacted for a time, at a temperature, and at a hydrogen ion concentration wherein at least a portion of the cellulose or lignocellulose present in the reactant is converted to HMF. The reaction mixture is initially substantially devoid of water. As the reaction proceeds, dehydration of intermediates causes the water concentration in the reaction mixture to rise to no more than about 0.2 wt % water.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1236566
Assignee:
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation ANL
Patent Number(s):
9,242,952
Application Number:
14/229,481
Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Mar 28
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

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