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5-Hydroxymethylfurfurol – Renewable Environment-Friendly Platform for Chemical Processes of 21st Century

5-Hydroxymethylfurfurol – Renewable Environment-Friendly Platform for Chemical Processes of 21st Century

Zelinsky Institute in cooperation with Platov South Russian Polytechnic Institute (Novocherassk) supported by the Russian Science Foundation have developed a technology for the synthesis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfurol (HMF) from bioavailable carbohydrates.

According to ZIOC Director Prof. Mikhail P. Egorov “it is the first Russian R&D for preparation of the critical chemical transformation product. Chemistry of HMF and its derivatives is of key importance for new green technologies inherent in sustainable development. It is very encouraging to witness the revival of national fine organic chemistry with support of RSF grants. It is my pleasure to particularly congratulate Prof. V.P. Ananikov’s team who managed both to publish their findings in top-rated journals and to bring them up to the commercial stage”.    

5-Hydroxymethylfurfurol (HMF, 5-HMF) is regarded as one of the most important polyfunctional chemical “compound-platform” reagents that can be sourced from biomass such as hexose carbohydrates and lignocellulose. HMF and its derivatives show promise as an alternative feedstock capable of replacing non-renewable sources of carbon reagents (oil, charcoal and natural gas) in the near future.

HMFs are currently supposed to be useful in production of monomers and polymers, porous carbon materials, motor fuels and solvents, drugs, pesticides, and chemical reagents. It is foreseen that the scope of HMF applications will soon expand and this compound-platform would become a source of hydrogen and oxygen for chemistry of 21st century.

HMF test samples (1-2 g) are available for free for Russian researchers and educators (alab@ioc.ac.ru).

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Professor Mario Pargliaro Lecturing at Zelinsky Institute Prof Mario Pagliaro (Palermo Italy) gave two talks on June 8th and 9th.
Selective In-Situ Metal Azide Reactions Alexey Sukhorukov, N. D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Moscow, Russia, and colleagues studied the selective reactions of in-situ generated metal azides on N,N-bis(oxy)enamines. By combining readily generated bis(oxy)enamine substrates with sodium azide and one of a variety of metal salts (including Mg, Cu, Zn, Co, and Ni), the researchers showed that the metal cation selectively alters the mechanism to favor the formation of specific organoazide products.
On February 1st, Prof. Gleb Sukhorukov from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary, University of London, gave a lecture “Remote Controlled Delivery Nanosystems” at ZIOC.
“We can record up to one thousand spectra per day” Director of Zelinsky Institute about Devising New Molecules
Steep and Thorny Way of a Scientist in Russia Prof. Valentine Ananikov participated in the plenary panel discussion HR Challenge for the Society held in the framework of VII Russian National Congress of Young Scientists and Specialists on November 30 – December 1 2016 in MEPhI.
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