Advanced Materials & Catalytic Conversions for Renewable Feedstocks Research Group, School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, P. R. China
ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and School of Engineering, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia
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Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008,37, 527-549
08 Oct 2007,
First published online
22 Nov 2007
New opportunities for the conversion of glycerol into value-added chemicals have emerged in recent years as a result of glycerol's unique structure, properties, bioavailability, and renewability. Glycerol is currently produced in large amounts during the transesterification of fatty acids into biodiesel and as such represents a useful by-product. This paper provides a comprehensive review and critical analysis on the different reaction pathways for catalytic conversion of glycerol into commodity chemicals, including selective oxidation, selective hydrogenolysis, selective dehydration, pyrolysis and gasification, steam reforming, thermal reduction into syngas, selective transesterification, selective etherification, oligomerization and polymerization, and conversion of glycerol into glycerol carbonate.
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