High-yield conversion of plant biomass into the key value-added feedstocks 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural, levulinic acid, and levulinic esters via 5-(chloromethyl)furfural

Mark Mascal, Edward B. Nikitin

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5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural, levulinic acid, ethyl levulinate and butyl levulinate are produced by the solvolysis of 5-(chloromethyl)furfural (CMF). Since CMF can be derived in high yield from sugars, cellulose, or lignocellulosic feedstocks, the process described here presents an efficient entry into the value-added manifold of biomass-derived products of relevance to the organic materials and fuel industries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-373
Number of pages4
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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