Diels–Alder Conversion of Acrylic Acid and 2,5-Dimethylfuran to para-Xylene Over Heterogeneous Bi-BTC Metal-Organic Framework Catalysts Under Mild Conditions

Jyun Yi Yeh, Season S. Chen, Shih Cheng Li, Celine H. Chen, Tetsuya Shishido, Daniel C.W. Tsang, Yusuke Yamauchi, Yi Pei Li, Kevin C.W. Wu

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The heterogeneous metal-organic framework Bi-BTC successfully catalyzed the synthesis of para-xylene from bio-based 2,5-dimethylfuran and acrylic acid in a promising yield (92 %), under relatively mild conditions (160 °C, 10 bar), and with a low reaction-energy barrier (47.3 kJ mol−1). The proposed reaction strategy also demonstrates a remarkable versatility for furan derivatives such as furan and 2-methylfuran.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-629
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2021


  • 2,5-dimethylfuran
  • acrylic acid
  • Bi-BTC
  • metal-organic frameworks
  • para-xylene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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