Special Issue "Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Furan Compounds"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 4592
Interests: heterogeneous catalysis; biomass transformation; photocatalysis; environmental remediation
The catalytic transformation of renewable biomass to value-added furan compounds is a promising approach for biomass utilization. Among various biomass-derived chemicals, 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and furfural are a pivotal platform to bridge raw biomass materials with value-added products since they can be readily converted to a series of value-added products that have the potential to displace corresponding petrochemicals.
The conversion of fructose, glucose, mannose, sucrose, cellobiose, maltose, inulin, starch, cellulose, industrial molasses, and real-world lignocellulosic biomass to HMF has been extensively studied. Nevertheless, the production efficiency and cost of HMF are still not satisfactory. Therefore, much effort is required to further improve HMF production efficiency and selectivity.
HMF can be used to synthesize 2,5-diformylfuran (DFF), 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), 5-formyl-2-furan carboxylic acid (FFCA), and 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furancarboxylic acid (HMFCA) through catalytic oxidation processes. Via catalytic hydrodeoxygenation processes, HMF can yield 2,5-bishydroxymethylfuran (BHMF), 2,5-bishydroxymethyltetrahydrofuran (BHMTHF), 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF), and 2-methylfuran (2-MF). The etherification of HMF with alcohols provides alkoxymethyl furfurals, particularly 5-(ethoxymethyl)furfural (EMF). The further development of these catalytic processes is of great importance for the large-scale production and application of biomass-derived furan compounds.
This Special Issue aims to cover recent advances in the catalytic conversion of biomass to value-added furan compounds, including but not limited to HMF, furfural, DFF, FDCA, FFCA, HMFCA, BHMF, BHMTHF, DMF, 2-MF, and EMF. In addition to the development of catalytic systems, technoeconomic analyses and environmental impact assessments of the related catalytic processes are also welcome.
Original research papers and topical reviews are welcome in this Special Issue of Catalysts. Submit your paper and select the Journal “Catalysts” and the Special Issue “Catalytic conversion of biomass to furan compounds” via the MDPI submission system. Please contact the Guest Editor or the journal editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any queries. Our papers will be published on an ongoing basis, and we will be pleased to receive your submission once you have finished it.
Dr. Qidong Hou
Prof. Dr. Daming Gao
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