Platform Chemicals via Zeolite-Catalyzed Fast Pyrolysis of Glucose

Furan derivatives, such as 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and furfural, obtained from renewable feedstocks are sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based building blocks for the manufacture of chemical products. This study shows for the first time the applicability of the catalytic fast pyrolysis (CFP) of glucose over tailored zeolites for the production of HMF and furfural. In particular, we demonstrate that Lewis-acid-containing faujasite zeolites attained by alkali metal–cation exchange exhibit combined yields to these platform molecules of 17 %. Despite the fact that further research is required on the process assessment at a larger scale and under more realistic conditions, CFP has potential for the production of biomass-derived commodity chemicals.

Puértolas, B., Imtiaz, Q., Müller, C. R., & Pérez-Ramírez, J. (2017). Platform Chemicals via Zeolite-Catalyzed Fast Pyrolysis of Glucose. ChemCatChem, 9(9), 1579-1582. doi:10.1002/cctc.201601052