5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) as replacement of formaldehyde in many applications


Bio-based 5-HMF has the potential as economically and ecologically interesting formaldehyde substitute in UF, MF and PF resins


5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF, CAS 67-47-0) derived from sugars is the link between biomass and furan-based chemicals. With its various functional groups and associated reaction sites, this small molecule opens the door to a wide range of chemical modifications, which makes 5-HMF a versatile renewable building block.

Possible replacement to:

Formaldehyde, Formol, Formalin, Methyl aldehyde, methanal, 50-00-0, 200-001-8

AVA Biochem AG
Alternative type: Alternative material , Chemical substitute
HazardClassifications H301 – Toxic if swallowed. , H311 – Toxic in contact with skin. , H314 – Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. , H317 – May cause an allergic skin reaction. , H331 – Toxic if inhaled. , H341 – Suspected of causing genetic defects. , H350 – May cause cancer.
Technical Function: Adhesion promotor , Antioxidant , Binder , Fragrance , Hardener , Impregnation agent , Plasticizer , Surfactant , Tanning agent , Fertilizers (soil amendments) , Food flavouring and nutrient , Insulators , Intermediate (precursor) , Luminescent agent , Monomers , Resins (prepolymers) , Viscosity modifier
Sector of Use: SU04 - Manufacture of food products , SU05 - Manufacture of textiles, leather, fur , SU06a - Manufacture of wood and wood products , SU12 - Manufacture of plastics products, including compounding and conversion , SU17 - General manufacturing, e.g. machinery, equipment, vehicles, other transport equipment , SU18 - Manufacture of furniture , SU19 - Building and construction work , SU20 - Health services , SUX1 - Food contact materials , SUX2 - Household chemicals , SUX3 - Packaging materials , SUX4 - Personal care and cosmetics , SUX5 - Toys and childrens products
Material Article Category: AC05 - Fabrics, textiles and apparel , AC06 - Leather articles , AC08 - Paper articles , AC11 - Wood articles , AC13 - Plastic articles

Market status of Alternative: Under Development and/or pilot customer wanted

Company name: AVA Biochem AG
Company website: http://www.ava-biochem.com
Contact name: George Scott

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