Direct, high-yield conversion of cellulose into biofuel

Mark Mascal, Edward B. Nikitin

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(Chemical Equation Presented) Fueling up with furans: Cellulose can be converted into furanic biofuels in unprecedented yields using an inexpensive, simple process involving concurrent hydrolysis, dehydration, and chlorine substitution reactions coupled with continuous extraction into an organic phase (see scheme). Furanic ethers, such as those that can be derived from the products above, are known diesel additives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7924-7926
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number41
StatePublished - Sep 29 2008


  • Biofuels
  • Carbohydrates
  • Cellulose
  • Furans
  • Sustainable chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis


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