Highly Selective Catalytic Hydrogenation and Etherification of 5-Hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde to 2,5-Bis(alkoxymethyl)furans for Potential Biodiesel ProductionThis Research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (C2001215-01-01) and performed as a cooperation project of ‘Basic project (referring to projects performed with the budget directly contributed by the Government to achieve the purposes of establishment of Government-funded research Institutes)’ and supported by the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT)
Received: 08 May 2017
Accepted after revision: 22 June 2017
24 July 2017 (eFirst)
§ These authors contributed equally to this work
5-Hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde (HMF) was hydrogenated to 2,5-bis(hydroxymethyl)furan (BHMF) in various n-alcohol solvents with more than 99% yield using Ru(OH) x /ZrO2 catalyst. The BHMF in the same solvents was subsequently etherified to give 2,5-bis(alkoxymethyl)furans (BAMFs, four examples) as potential biodiesels with moderate to good yields using Amberlyst-15.