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Heterogeneous catalysis of the glycerol hydrogenolysis

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Glycerol has become an important feedstock for chemicals. Selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol has been attempted using several types of catalysts: non-noble-metal catalysts, noble-metal catalysts with an acid as an additive, noble-metal catalysts combined with a base, and metal-oxide-modified noble-metal catalysts. The former three approaches give 1,2-propanediol as a main product, while the mechanisms may be different. Only the last one can selectively give the more valuable 1,3-propanediol.

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19 Nov 2010
09 Dec 2010
First published
10 Feb 2011

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011,1, 179-190
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Heterogeneous catalysis of the glycerol hydrogenolysis

Y. Nakagawa and K. Tomishige, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, 1, 179
DOI: 10.1039/C0CY00054J

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