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Improved utilisation of renewable resources: New important derivatives of glycerol

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Abstract

Although glycerol has been a well-known renewable chemical for centuries, its commercial relevance has increased considerably in the last few years because of its rising inevitable formation as a by-product of biodiesel production. The present review gives a broad overview on the chemistry of glycerol starting from the classic esters and oligomers to new products like glycerol carbonate, telomers, branched alkyl ethers, propanediols and epoxides. In particular, the novel possibilities to control the numerous addition, reduction and oxidation reactions via heterogeneous, homogeneous and biocatalysis will be presented. A benchmark will be given to determine the products which will have the best chances of entering the market and which processes are currently most developed.

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The article was received on 10 Jul 2007, accepted on 22 Oct 2007 and first published on 12 Nov 2007


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/B710561D
Citation: Green Chem., 2008,10, 13-30
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    Improved utilisation of renewable resources: New important derivatives of glycerol

    A. Behr, J. Eilting, K. Irawadi, J. Leschinski and F. Lindner, Green Chem., 2008, 10, 13
    DOI: 10.1039/B710561D

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