1st Edition

Catalytic Transformations of Sustainable and Versatile Furanic Chemicals

    312 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Diminishing confined fossil resources alarms the scientific community to strive for alternative, sustainable resources, such as terrestrial biomass, which can potentially substitute fossil-based derivatives. Lignocellulosic biomass is deemed an indispensable carbon source for meeting industrial and social demands regarding energy/fuels and chemicals. Over the past decade, significant advances have been shown in developing a broad spectrum of high-value chemicals and functional materials derived from biomass-based substrates. In connection with this, furanic chemicals, such as 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and furfural, have recently received much attention due to their potential applications.  

    Catalytic Transformations of Sustainable and Versatile Furanic Chemicals aims to explicitly display the latest technical developments on designing functional catalysts, optimizing process and reaction parameters, and improving the stability of the employed materials on the transformation of HMF and furfural to a wide range of value-added chemicals via oxidation, reduction, hydrodeoxygenation and reductive amination processes.


    Ø Importance and significance of HMF and furfural.

    Ø Evaluating the transformations of HMF and furfural with various catalytic processes.

    Ø Designing robust and efficient catalytic systems.

    Ø Understanding the stability of catalytic materials.

    Ø Understanding the characteristic features of the catalytic materials.

    This book aims to target not only researchers focusing on biomass valorization from academic to industrial sectors but also the graduate students interested in pursuing their higher education in biochemicals (especially furanic compounds), covering various aspects in organic synthesis routes, preparation of inorganic materials and physico-chemical properties, for both chemists and chemical engineers.

    Introduction to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and furfural

    Shunmugavel Saravanamurugan, Hu Li, Ashok Pandey and Young-Woong Suh

    Catalytic hydrogenolysis 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-dimethylfuran with non-noble metals

    Ruijia Cao, Hu Li and Jinshu Huang

    Catalytic oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid

    Ye Meng, Huan Liu, Jie Li and Hu Li

    Catalytic oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-diformylfuran

    Neeraj Sharma and Shunmugavel Saravanamurugan

    Catalytic hydrogenation of furfural

    Mei Wu, Jian He and Hu Li

    Catalytic hydrodeoxygenation of furfural

    Dinesh Kumar Mishra, Yeongin Jo, Cong Chien Truong and Young-Woong Suh

    Reductive amination of furfural

    Kanika Saini and Shunmugavel Saravanamurugan

    Catalytic etherification of furfurals to furanic ethers - alkoxymethyl furfurals

    Xiaofang Liu, Zhuangzhuang Zhang, Zhengfei Pei, Pan Meng and Lei Yu

    Oxidative esterification of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and furfural

    Dinesh Kumar Mishra,Cong Chien Truong, Sang Hyeok Ko and Young-Woong Suh

    Aldol condensation of furfural with carbonyl compounds

    Cong Chien Truong, Dinesh Kumar Mishra and Young-Woong Suh

    Domino upgrading of bio-based furfural to γ-valerolactone via bifunctional catalysis

    Mingrui Li, Yixuan Liu, Hu Li and Hongguo Wu


    Dr. S. Saravanamurugan is Scientist-F at the Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali, India. He completed his PhD at Anna University, India, 2005 and worked as a post-doctoral fellow/senior researcher at KAIST, Inha University, and DTU. His research topic is catalytic biomass transformations. He has over 80 publications and co-edited two books with >6000 citations (h Index 35). He was elected as a FRSC in 2021.

    Hu Li is Professor at the Center for R&D of Fine Chemicals, Guizhou University (GZU), China. Dr. Li stayed as a visiting PhD student researcher (CSC scholarship) at the Technical University of Denmark, and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences prior to obtaining his PhD from GZU. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Tohoku University, and Nanjing Agricultural University. His research focuses on the catalytic conversion of biomass and waste resources into biofuels and chemicals with functional materials. Dr. Li has published more than 20 patents, 8 books, and over 200 peer-reviewed papers (H-index: 50, ~7000 citations) on sustainable catalysis and green chemistry. He was awarded the National Youth Top-notch Talent Support Program, the Guizhou Provincial Natural Science Award (first prize), the Guizhou Provincial Youth Medal, etc. Currently, He is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Energy Research and Current Green Chemistry, and Editorial Board Member of several international journals.

    Prof Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at the Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Executive Director (Honorary) at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability – India. His major research and technological development interests are industrial & environmental biotechnology and energy biosciences, focusing on biomass to biofuels & chemicals, waste to wealth & energy, industrial enzymes, etc. Professor Pandey has several publications, which include 16 patents, 125 books, >1000 papers and book chapters, etc with h index of 142 and ~86,000 citations (Google scholar).

    Prof Young-Woong Suh is a full professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, in 2003. He was a postdoctoral research associate at Northwestern University and then worked as a senior research scientist at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) until 2011. His research expertise and interests include biomass conversion, chemical hydrogen storage, and environmentally-friendly processing based on heterogeneous catalysis.