Mesoporous doped Tungsten oxide for glucose dehydration to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural

Jan Wiesfeld, Romain Gaquere, Emiel Hensen (Corresponding author)

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Glucose valorization to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) remains a challenging conversion that is highly relevant in the transition toward a sustainable chemical industry. Lewis acidic tungstite is a viable, moderately active catalyst for glucose upgrading to 5-HMF but suffers from low surface area and weak Brønsted acidity. A facile nontemplated sol–gel process produces a mesoporous substoichiometric tungsten oxide with high surface area and Brønsted acidity, and increased activity toward 5-HMF production. The material is easily doped with early transition metals, which strongly modify physico-chemical parameters such as the acidity and, accordingly, the catalytic activity of the mesoporous oxide. Glucose was converted to 5-HMF in H2O/THF mixtures using doped and undoped materials. Kinetic parameters established by variation of the temperature and reaction times show a strong dependence on the nature of the dopant and pretreatment of the catalytic material.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7552-7562
Number of pages11
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2019


  • 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural
  • Glucose
  • Mesopores
  • Sol-gel
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  • Tungsten oxide
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