DMF (a.k.a. Dimethylfuran) is a heterocyclic compound, and a renewable chemical with a great potential for application as a fuel and fuel additive. It has a high octane number, ideal boiling point, and an energy content similar to that of gasoline. Compared to ethanol, DMF has lower latent heat of vaporization, a lower oxygen content, and is less miscible with water, which favors the processes of purification and distillation. It is also used as a precursor for furan-based compounds presenting several usages as industrial solvents. Production of DMF is based on the hydrogenolysis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), which is obtained via dehydration of C6 sugars, such as glucose and fructose, in the presence of acid catalysts.
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