HMF Production Using Agro-Waste

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UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
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This project focuses on designing a process that can achieve a year-round production of at least 95% 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) sourced from multiple agricultural waste inputs that are readily available in the state of Arizona, while minimizing the use of hazardous reagents in the process. This process will help farms and farm industries manage their agricultural waste that is harmful to their land and the environment, and will increase the production of HMF, a component readily used in the creation of the biofuel DMF, as well as in potential applications in polyester manufacturing.

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