Simplified model for extraction of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural from fructose: Use of water/oil biphasic system under high temperature and pressure conditions

Toshinori Shimanouchi, Yoshitaka Kataoka, Masahiro Yasukawa, Tsutomu Ono, Yukitaka Kimura

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5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) was obtained from the dehydration of fructose under high temperature and pressure conditions (180 °C and 10 MPa). To avoid the decomposition of HMF in the bulk aqueous phase, we dehydrated fructose in the water / metyl isobuthyl ketone (MIBK) biphasic system. The HMF could be successfully extracted into the organic MIBK phase without further decomposition of HMF. We present a simplified model taking into consideration of the slug flow with the wall film to maximize the HMF yield in the MIBK phase. It was likely that the slug flow contributed to an increase in the surface-to-volume ratio for the mass transfer of HMF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-212
Number of pages8
JournalSolvent Extraction Research and Development
Publication statusPublished - 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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