Catalytic Conversion

Direct conversion of unsubstituted furan into benzene

  • By Leena Aggarwal
  • 16 January 2018

In the recently published paper in Journal of ACS Catalysis, Giannis Mpourmpakis and their colleagues have discussed the direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass Derived Furan and Ethanol to Ethylbenzene. They have reported a synthetic strategy to convert biomass-derived unsubstituted furan to aromatics at high selectivity, especially to ethylbenzene via alkylation/Diels-Alder cycloaddition using ethanol, while greatly reducing the formation of the main side product, benzofuran, over zeolite catalysts.