Catalytic transformations of furfural and its derived compounds into pentanediols

Sibao Liu, Masazumi Tamura, Yoshinao Nakagawa, Keiichi Tomishige

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Furfural was regarded as one of the most important platform molecules in biorefinery, which has been manufactured on an industrial scale by hydration + dehydration of the hemicellulose part of agricultural waste and forest residues [1, 2]. Tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA) and furfuryl alcohol (FFA) can be produced from furfural by total hydrogenation and selective hydrogenation, respectively. The catalytic synthesis of them has been introduced in detail in Chapters 3.1 and 3.2. They can also serve as renewable building blocks. The catalytic transformations of these renewable furanic compounds into valuable chemicals and fuels have attracted much attention in recent years [3-8]. The hydrogenation of the C=C bonds and/or hydrogenolysis of the C-O bond in a furan ring is considered to be the most effective method for the synthesis of useful pentanediols from these furanic compounds (Scheme 3.3.1).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFurfural
Subtitle of host publicationAn Entry Point of Lignocellulose in Biorefineries to Produce Renewable Chemicals, Polymers, and Biofuels
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781786344878
ISBN (Print)9781786344861
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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