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Biomass Chemical Engineering ›› 2021, Vol. 55 ›› Issue (4): 43-58.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1673-5854.2021.04.007

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Recent Advances in Synthesis of Alkoxymethylfuran Ether from Biomass Resources

Hongbo SHEN, Xinglong LI, Yao FU()   

  1. School of Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
  • Received:2020-07-13 Online:2021-07-30 Published:2021-07-10
  • Contact: Yao FU E-mail:fuyao@ustc.edu.cn


Biomass resources are the only organic carbon resources in nature, which can synthesize a variety of high value-added fuels and chemicals. Biomass ethers compounds are one of the most important biomass derivatives. Among them, alkoxymethylfuran ether has been applied to diesel and diesel additives. Especially, 5-(ethoxymethyl)furfural (EMF) has attracted much attention due to its high energy density, low toxicity, good stability and good fluidity. Recent advances in the synthesis of alkoxymethylfuran ether from different biomass materials with 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF) as the basic structure were reviewed. The effects of Lewis acid and Brønsted acid on the selectivity of etherification products were discussed. On the basis of summarizing the synthesis methods of alkoxymethylfuran ether, the future development direction of the catalytic system was discussed.

Key words: organic carbon resources, alkoxymethylfuran ether, 5-(hydroxymethyl) furfural (HMF), etherification

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