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Catalytic conversion of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural over biomass-based activated carbon catalyst (2020)

Rusanen, A., Lahti, R., Lappalainen, K., Kärkkäinen, J., Hu, T., Romar, H., & Lassi, U. (2020). Catalytic conversion of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural over biomass-based activated carbon catalyst. Catalysis Today, 357, 94-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2019.02.040

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All authors or editorsRusanen, Annu; Lahti, Riikka; Lappalainen, Katja; Kärkkäinen, Johanna; Hu, Tao; Romar, Henrik; Lassi, Ulla

Journal or seriesCatalysis Today



Publication year2020


Issue number0

Pages range94-101

PublisherElsevier BV

Publication countryNetherlands

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/75795


Selective and efficient dehydration of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) has been widely explored research problem recently, especially from the perspective of more sustainable heterogeneous catalysts. In this study, activated carbon was first produced from a lignocellulosic waste material, birch sawdust. Novel heterogeneous catalysts were then prepared from activated carbon by adding Lewis or Brønsted acid sites on the carbon surface. Prepared catalysts were used to convert glucose to HMF in biphasic water:THF system at 160 °C. The highest HMF yield and selectivity, 51% and 78%, respectively, were obtained in 8 h with a catalytic mixture containing both Lewis and Brønsted acid sites. Also, preliminary recycling experiments were performed. Based on this study, biomass-based activated carbon catalysts show promise for the conversion of glucose to HMF.

Keywordsactivated carbon

Free keywordscatalyst; 5-hydroxymethylfurfural; glucose conversion

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Reporting Year2020

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