464352 Reaction Engineering for Modified Furans

Tuesday, November 15, 2016: 2:42 PM
Franciscan A (Hilton San Francisco Union Square)
Dae Sung Park1, Paul J. Dauenhauer2, Kristeen Esther Joseph3, Christoph Krumm3, Dion Vlachos4 and Raul F. Lobo5, (1)University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, (2)Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, (3)Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, (4)Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, (5)Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Transformation of biomass to useful chemicals and biomaterials requires explicit selection of reaction pathways from biopolymer, to monomer, and eventually a sequence of steps to chemical products. In this work, we identify a new reaction sequence to convert biomass-derived glucose to furans, followed by furan functionalization to produce an array of derivatized furans. Three furan upgrading reactions are combined in a variety of sequences, and the resulting products are characterized providing a detailed understanding of furan structure-property relationships. Reaction steps are characterized for each catalytic method, and the ultimate process chemistry is evaluated for overall performance with regard to industrial applications.

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