High-Yield 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural Synthesis from Crude Sugar Beet Juice in a Biphasic Microreactor

Abdilla-Santes, R. M., Guo, W., Bruijnincx, P. C. A., Yue, J., Deuss, P. J. & Heeres, H. J., 20-Sep-2019, In : Chemsuschem. 12, 18, p. 4304-4312 9 p.

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5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is an important biobased platform chemical obtainable in high selectivity by the hydrolysis of fructose (FRC). However, FRC is expensive, making the production of HMF at a competitive market price highly challenging. Here, it is shown that sugar beet thick juice, a crude, sucrose-rich intermediate in sugar refining, is an excellent feedstock for HMF synthesis. Unprecedented high selectivities and yields of >90 % for HMF were achieved in a biphasic reactor setup at 150 degrees C using salted diluted thick juice with H2SO4 as catalyst and 2-methyltetrahydrofuran as a bioderived extraction solvent. The conversion of glucose, obtained by sucrose inversion, could be limited to

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4304-4312
Number of pages9
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 20-Sep-2019


  • 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, biobased chemicals, microreactors, renewable resources, sucrose, EFFICIENT PRODUCTION, HYDROGEN-TRANSFER, THICK JUICE, CONVERSION, DEHYDRATION, GLUCOSE, BIOMASS, ACID, FRUCTOSE, PLATFORM

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