A Divergent Paired Electrochemical Process for the Conversion of Furfural Using a Divided-Cell Flow Microreactor

Yiran Cao, Jasper Knijff, Amin Delparish, Maria Fernanda Neira d'Angelo, Timothy Noёl (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Furfural is a prominent, non-petroleum-based chemical feedstock material, derived from abundantly available hemicellulose. Hence, its derivatization into other useful biobased chemicals is a subject of high interest in contemporary academic and industrial research activities. While most strategies to convert furfural require energy-intensive reaction routes, the use of electrochemical activation allows to provide a sustainable and green alternative. Herein, a disparate approach for the conversion of furfural is reported based on a divergent paired electrochemical conversion, enabling the simultaneous production of 2(5H)-furanone via an anodic oxidation, and the generation of furfuryl alcohol and/or hydrofuroin via a cathodic reduction. Using water as solvent and NaBr as supporting electrolyte and electron-mediator, a green and sustainable process was developed, which maximizes productive use of electricity and minimizes byproduct formation.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalChemSusChem
VolumeXX
Issue numberXX
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 11 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • divided-cell reactor
  • electrochemistry
  • flow chemistry
  • furfural
  • paired electrolysis

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