Phosphotungstic Acid Encapsulated in Metal-Organic Framework as Catalysts for Carbohydrate Dehydration to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural

Yanmei Zhang, Volkan Degirmenci, Can Li, Emiel J. M. Hensen

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MIL-101, a chromium-based metal-organic framework, is known for its very large pore size, large surface area and good stability. However, applications of this material in catalysis are still limited. 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) has been considered a renewable chemical platform for the production of liquid fuels and fine chemicals. Phosphotungstic acid, H3PW12O40 (PTA), encapsulated in MIL-101 is evaluated as a potential catalyst for the selective dehydration of fructose and glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural. The results demonstrate that PTA/MIL-101 is effective for HMF production from fructose in DMSO and can be reused. This is the first example of the application of a metal-organic framework in carbohydrate dehydration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-64
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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