Waste and Biomass Valorization

, Volume 10, Issue 8, pp 2263–2271 | Cite as

Catalytic Conversion of Glucose to 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural Over Phosphotungstic Acid Supported on SiO2-Coated Fe3O4

  • Yuexin Wang
  • Zongxiao Hu
  • Guozhi FanEmail author
  • Juntao Yan
  • Guangsen Song
  • Jianfen LiEmail author
Original Paper


There is a significant interest in valorization of biomass and its derivatives into chemicals. In this work, glucose derived from biomass was converted into 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF). Phosphotungstic acid (PHA) supported on magnetic nanoparticles Fe3O4 coated by SiO2 (Fe3O4@SiO2/PHA) was prepared and employed in the synthesis of HMF from glucose. The supported catalyst of Fe3O4@SiO2/PHA was characterized by infrared spectroscopy (IR) and powder X-ray diffraction. The results indicated that the supported catalyst exhibited similar catalytic activity to that of homogeneous PHA. The effects of such reaction variables as the amount of PHA, reaction solvent, temperature and time were studied in detail. The yield of HMF at 30.4% was observed at 130 °C for 3 h in N,N-dimethylformamide under nitrogen atmosphere. The supported catalyst was recovered by an external magnet after the reaction and reused in the next run without further pretreatment. No significant change in activity was observed at the initial four cycles, in which the yield of HMF changed in a small range from 28.7 to 30.8%.

Graphical Abstract


Glucose 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural Phosphotungstic acid Fe3O4 SiO2 



This work was supported by Technology Talents Innovative Team Project from Hubei Provincial Department of Education (T201407).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemical and Environmental EngineeringWuhan Polytechnic UniversityWuhanChina

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