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Chromium(0) nanoparticles as effective catalyst for the conversion of glucose into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural.

ChemSusChem (2012-12-12)
Jianghua He, Yuetao Zhang, Eugene Y-X Chen
ABSTRACT

It's nano: Small and uniform chromium nanoparticles, either preformed or generated in situ, effectively catalyze the conversion of glucose into 5-hydroxymethyl furfural. The results compare favorably with those achieved by using a catalyst system based on divalent CrCl(2) in ionic liquids (ILs). In addition, the chromium nanoparticles are found in the CrCl(2)/IL system, and the implications of their presence in that system is investigated.

MATERIALS
Product Number
Brand
Product Description

Sigma-Aldrich
Furfural, 99%
Sigma-Aldrich
5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural, ≥99%, FG
Sigma-Aldrich
5-Hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde, 99%
Supelco
5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural, analytical standard
Sigma-Aldrich
Furfural, ≥98%, FCC, FG
Sigma-Aldrich
Furfural, natural, ≥98%, FCC, FG
Sigma-Aldrich
Furfural, ACS reagent, 99%