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Facile synthesis of bio-fuel from glycerol over zinc aluminium phosphate nanoplates

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Abstract

Herein, nanoplates of crystalline zinc aluminum phosphate exhibiting hexagonal and square planar morphology were successfully synthesized by adopting a novel and simple synthesis method; in this method, a single template, TPABr, was used in minute amounts and a shorter synthesis time of 24 h was required. The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, FTIR, SEM, XPS, TEM, thermal analysis, ICP, and ammonia TPD. The synthesis temperature governed the morphology of the nanoplates; however, irrespective of the shape of the nanoplates, the materials exhibited promising catalytic activity towards the production of bio-fuel solketal (2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxolane-4-methanol), a valuable bio-fuel, via acetalization of biodiesel waste glycerol under solvent-free reaction conditions.

Graphical abstract: Facile synthesis of bio-fuel from glycerol over zinc aluminium phosphate nanoplates

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The article was received on 27 Apr 2017, accepted on 15 May 2017 and first published on 17 May 2017


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7SE00225D
Citation: Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2017, Advance Article
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    Facile synthesis of bio-fuel from glycerol over zinc aluminium phosphate nanoplates

    N. Viswanadham, S. K. Saxena and P. Sreenivasulu, Sustainable Energy Fuels, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7SE00225D

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