From Biomass-Derived Furans to Aromatics with Ethanol over Zeolite

 highlight5 I.F. Teixeira, B.T.W. Lo, P. Kostetskyy, M. Stamatakis, L. Ye, C.C. Tang, G. Mpourmpakis, S. C.E.Tsang

Ethylene produced in situ from ethanol dehydration over zeolite is used for the catalytic conversion of biomass-derived furans into aromatic compounds by Diels–Alder cycloaddition. In their Communication G. Mpourmpakis, S. C. E. Tsang et al. describe a rapid and renewable one-pot synthesis of aromatic compounds using liquid ethanol as a source of dienophile instead of pressurized ethylene gas. Full paper can be found in DOI: 10.1002/anie.201607477

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 42/2016, p.13349, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201607477