Synlett 2017; 28(17): 2299-2302
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1589076
© Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart · New York

Highly Selective Catalytic Hydrogenation and Etherification of 5-Hydroxymethyl-2-furaldehyde to 2,5-Bis(alkoxymethyl)furans for Potential Biodiesel Production

Jusung Han §a, Yo-Han Kim §a, Byeong Yeon Junga, Seung Hyun Hwangb, Jonggon Jegalb, Jung Won Kim*c, Yoon-Sik Lee*a
  • aSchool of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Gwanak-Gu, Seoul 151-744, Republic of Korea   Email:
  • bKorea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Ulsan 681-802, Republic of Korea
  • cDepartment of Chemical Engineering, Kangwon National University at Samcheok, Joonang-Ro, Samcheok, Kangwon 245-711, Republic of Korea
This 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)
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Publication History

Received: 08 May 2017

Accepted after revision: 22 June 2017

Publication Date:
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.

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