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FuraCore HMF

HMF produced by the breakthrough FuraCore® process

Increase your sustainable chemicals toolbox

By transforming high fructose syrup into HMF (5-hydroxymethylfurfural) FuraCore® unlocks a world of sustainable chemistry.

HMF produced by the FuraCore® process is a versatile bio-based platform chemical that can serve as a crucial building block in the synthesis of various chemicals and polymers. It can serve as a stand-alone substance or as an intermediate towards the production of FDCA. The unique features of the FuraCore® process exemplify how a platform chemical can be utilized to reduce our reliance on fossil-based chemicals and plastics.

Why HMF is called the "sleeping giant"

HMF, also known as 5-(hydroxymethyl)-furfural, is an organic compound formed by the dehydration of sugars. The molecule consists of a furan ring, containing both an aldehyde and an alcohol functional group. HMF has been identified as a versatile platform chemical from renewable resources. It is often referred to as promising bio-based platform chemical, because it has the potential to replace a large range of conventionally produced building blocks as well as enable the development of new bio-based chemicals. 

In our FuraCore® process HMF is turned into FDCA, a key building block for renewable materials like PEF and speciality polymers. The potential of HMF goes beyond FDCA. The special characteristics and reactivity of HMF makes it a key chemical intermediate and important ingredient in the industrial production of polymers, including resins, additives, coatings and additives for fuel. Due to the enormous anticipated market potential HMF is often called a “sleeping giant”.

Explore the Many Possibilities of Fully Biobased and Renewable HMF

Sustainable Synthesis
− HMF has the potential to be used as bio-based raw material to obtain monomers for the production of Nylon 66.
− HMF derivatives, such as 2,5-(bishydroxymethyl)furan (BHMF) or  tetrahydrofuran-2,5-dimethanol (THFDM), are promising crosslinkers in resin production.
− BHMF and other HMF-derived alcohols can be used as polyols in polyurethane and polyester synthesis.

 Fueling the Future
HMF-derived ethers can be used as bio-based additives in fuels. 
HMF derivatives can act as a hydrogen sink. By binding hydrogen to HMF, green hydrogen can find its way into fuels. 

Replacing Formaldehyde
HMF itself can replace formaldehyde in various resin applications such as phenolic, melamine and urea resin systems. 

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