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A one-step route to bioplastic monomers

| By Tetsuo Satoh

Aerobic oxidation of a biomass-derived substrate [5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural; HMF] in methanol and ethylene glycol produces monomers MFDC — the methyl ester of furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) — and HEFDC — the ethylene glycol ester of FDCA. These…