Polymer-mediated cyclodehydration of alditols and ketohexoses

Amber Onorato, Christopher Pavlik, Michael A. Invernale, Ian D. Berghorn, Gregory A. Sotzing, Martha D. Morton, Michael B. Smith

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The polymer PEDOT+ (1 or 2) mediates a cyclodehydration reaction with alditols 3, 5, 7, 9, in hydrocarbon solvents, to give cyclic ethers 4, 6, 8, or 10, respectively, in high yield with a trivial isolation protocol. Polymers 1 or 2 also mediate the cyclodehydration of ketohexoses such as D-fructose, but not aldohexoses, to the important industrial intermediate 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (17), under milder conditions when compared to reactions mediated by mineral acids. A cascade reaction with ketohexoses is observed in toluene via cyclodehydration followed by Friedel-Crafts alkylation of the initially formed benzylic alcohol to give 16.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1662-1670
Number of pages9
JournalCarbohydrate Research
Issue number13
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural
  • Alditols
  • Anhydroalditols
  • Cyclodehydration
  • Ketohexoses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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