Microwave-Assisted Conversion of Carbohydrates

Leonid M. Kustov*, Alexander L. Kustov, Tapio Salmi

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Catalytic conversion of carbohydrates into value-added products and platform chemicals became a trend in recent years. Microwave activation used in the processes of carbohydrate conversion coupled with the proper choice of catalysts makes it possible to enhance dramatically the efficiency and sometimes the selectivity of catalysts. This mini-review presents a brief literature survey related to state-of-the-art methods developed recently by the world research community to solve the problem of rational conversion of carbohydrates, mostly produced from natural resources and wastes (forestry and agriculture wastes) including production of hydrogen, synthesis gas, furanics, and alcohols. The focus is made on microwave technologies used for processing carbohydrates. Of particular interest is the use of heterogeneous catalysts and hybrid materials in processing carbohydrates.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1472
Number of pages17
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • 5-hydroxymethylfurfural
  • Alcohols
  • Carbohydrate wastes
  • Catalysis
  • Microwave irradiation


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