Gold as a Catalyst for the Ring Opening of 2,5-Dimethylfuran

Peter J. Miedziak, Jennifer K. Edwards, Stuart H. Taylor, David W. Knight, Brian Tarbit, Graham J. Hutchings*

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Abstract: The epoxidation of 2,5-dimethyl furan leads to the production of hex-3-ene-2,5-dione via a ring opening rearrangement reaction. A second epoxidation reaction could then enable a further ring closing rearrangement to form 4-hydroxy-2,5-dimethyl-3-furanone (furaneol). In this paper we report the use of gold and gold palladium supported on graphite and titania as catalysts for the ring opening reaction of 2,5-dimethyl furan. We show that by tuning the reaction conditions high selectivity towards hex-3-ene-2,5-dione can be achieved using green chemical methods and mild reaction conditions. 

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalCatalysis Letters
Early online date26 May 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 May 2018


  • 2,5 Dimethylfuran
  • Gold catalysis
  • Hex-3-ene-2,5-dione


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