FDCA is a promising raw material for the synthesis of polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a substitute of PET. It can be prepared by oxidation of glucose-derived 5-hydroxymethylfurfural using a Mn catalyst. The group of Michikazu Hara at TIT has developed an amorphous ß-MnO2 catalyst with a large surface area (nanoparticles) which showed a 3fold higher activity compared to MnO2 catalysts used earlier.

JST news release, January 7, 2019

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