Synthesis of the natural herbicide δ-aminolevulinic acid from cellulose-derived 5-(chloromethyl)furfural

Mark Mascal, Saikat Dutta

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Cellulose-derived 5-(chloromethyl)furfural is converted into δ-aminolevulinic acid in three chemical steps involving conversion to 5-(azidomethyl)furfural, photooxidation, and catalytic hydrogenation in 68% overall yield. δ-Aminolevulinic acid is a natural product with important agrochemical and pharmaceutical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-41
Number of pages2
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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