Preparation of Biomass-Derived Furfuryl Acetals by Transacetalization Reactions Catalyzed by Nanoporous Aluminosilicates

Liam A. Bailey, Takudzwa Bere, Thomas E. Davies, Stuart H. Taylor, Andrew Graham*

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Abstract

Nanoporous aluminosilicate materials efficiently catalyze the formation of furaldehyde dimethyl acetal directly from methanol in high yields and in short reaction times. The facile nature of this reaction has led to the development of a telescoped protocol in which the acyclic acetal is produced in situ and subsequently functions as a substrate for a transacetalization reaction with glycerol to produce the corresponding dioxane and dioxolane products which are potentially useful biofuel additives. These products are generated in high yield without the requirement for high reaction temperatures of prolonged reaction times, and the aluminosilicate catalysts are operationally simple to produce, are effective with either purified furaldehyde or crude furaldehyde and are fully recyclable.
Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
Volume00
Issue number00
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • Biomass valorisation
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Transacetalization
  • Nanoporous aluminosilicates
  • Glycerol

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