Selective Synthesis of Bioderived Dibenzofurans and Bicycloalkanes from a Cellulose-Based Route

Taimei Cai, Qiang Deng, Hailong Peng, Jin Zhong, Jun Wang, Guiping Dai, Zheling Zeng, Ji Jun Zou, Shuguang Deng

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The synthesis of dibenzofurans and bicycloalkanes from biomass is important for sustainable high-value chemicals and high-density fuels. Currently, their biomass-based precursor is mainly derived from lignin with limited yields. Herein, we propose a cellulose-based synthesis route for dibenzofurans with a yield of 72.3% via the integration of oxidative coupling of 1,2,4-benzenetriol to diphenol combined with subsequent dehydration under environmentally friendly reaction conditions. After hydrodeoxygenation, bicycloalkanes are obtained with a yield of 70.5% by catalysis performed over Pd/C and various zeolites. This work provides a powerful cellulose-based strategy for the synthesis of dibenzofurans and bicycloalkanes, which was previously unattainable in the conventional lignin-based route.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6748-6755
Number of pages8
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 17 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • bicyclohexane bicycloalkanes
  • dibenzofurans
  • hydrodeoxygenation
  • oxidative coupling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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