A Review On The Production Of Levulinic Acid And Furanics From Sugars

Rackemann, Darryn W. & Doherty, William O.S. (2013) A Review On The Production Of Levulinic Acid And Furanics From Sugars. International Sugar Journal, 115(1369), pp. 28-34.

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Sugarcane products represent an abundant and relatively low cost carbon resource that can be utilised to produce chemical intermediates such as levulinic acid and furanics. These chemicals can be easily upgraded to commodity and specialty chemicals and biofuels by high yielding and well established technologies. However, there are challenges and technical hurdles that need to be overcome before these chemical intermediates can be cost-effectively produced in commercial quantities. The paper reviews production of levulinic acid and furanics from sugars by homogeneous mineral acid catalysts, and reports on preliminary studies on the production of these compounds with environmentally friendly biodegradable sulfonic acids. The yields (>50% of theoretical) of levulinic acid, formic acid and furfural obtained with these organic acids are comparable to that of sulphuric acid currently used for their production.

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ID Code: 68004
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Paper first published as a conference paper:
A review on the production of levulinic acid and furanics from sugars.
Rackemann, D. W.; Doherty, W. O. S.
In Bruce, R.C. (Ed.) 34th Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Conference, 1 to 4 May 2012, Cairns.
ISSN: 0726-0822
Keywords: Lignocellulosics, Hydrolysis, Levulinic Acid, Furfural
ISSN: 0020-8841
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > CROP AND PASTURE PRODUCTION (070300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Informa Agra
Deposited On: 29 Apr 2014 05:42
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 18:22

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