Biomass to chemicals: Design of an extractive-reaction process for the production of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural

A. I. Torres, M. Tsapatsis, P. Daoutidis

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Furanic compounds such as 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) can be obtained from sugars and have the potential to serve as substitutes of petroleum derived building blocks in the production of fuels and chemicals. In this work, we propose a process for the production of HMF from fructose based on extractive-reaction and formulate an optimization problem in order to find the operating conditions that minimize its cost of production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-137
Number of pages8
JournalComputers and Chemical Engineering
StatePublished - Jul 11 2012

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Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (Award No. DESC00001004), an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences . A. I. Torres was partially supported by a University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Financial support at the early stages of this work was provided by the National Science Foundation ( CBET-0855863 ). We thank Dr P. Tsobanakis for valuable comments and suggestions.


  • Biorefinery
  • HMF
  • Process design

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