Furfuryl alcohol was hydrolysed to levulinic acid with yields >70%. (ACS Catalysis)
American and Brazilian Researchers observed a reduction of the furfuryl alcohol polymerization reactions, when using a zeolite to hydrolyse furfuryl alcohol in THF (a furfural by-product) , thus increasing the yields over 70%.
Plausible mechanism of xylose reaction to furfural in acid media
Synthesis of Furfural: Well established in some aspects, but yet to be fully unravelled!
MIT chemical engineers have devised a cheaper way to synthesize a key biofuel component, which could make its industrial production much more cost-effective.