A novel approach for the production of 2,5-hexanedione (HDN) and 3-methyl-2-cyclopenten-1-one (3-MCO) from 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) by water splitting with Zn is reported for the first time. The use of high temperature water (HTW) conditions is the key for the efficient conversion of HMF to HDN and 3-MCO. Parameters regarding the Zn amount, temperature and reaction time are optimized and HDN and 3-MCO are produced in 27.3% and 30.5% yields, respectively. The roles of HTW and ZnO obtained by oxidation of Zn in water for the conversion of HMF, together with intermediate structures, are discussed to understand the mechanism of the reaction.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Chemistry