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Glycerol as a sustainable solvent for green chemistry

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Glycerol, an organic waste generated by the biodiesel industry, has been recently proposed as a valuable green solvent. This review summarizes the advantages, disadvantages and potential uses of glycerol as a green solvent for catalysis, organic synthesis, separations and materials chemistry. In particular, through selected examples we show here that glycerol may combine the advantages of water (low toxicity, low price, large availability, renewability) and ionic liquids (high boiling point, low vapour pressure, low solubility in scCO2). More generally, all these reported works contribute to increase the portfolio of available green solvents and afford innovative solutions to the substitution of the conventionally used volatile organic solvents.

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The article was received on 25 Jan 2010, accepted on 07 Apr 2010 and first published on 11 Jun 2010

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C001628D
Green Chem., 2010,12, 1127-1138

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    Glycerol as a sustainable solvent for green chemistry

    Y. Gu and F. Jérôme, Green Chem., 2010, 12, 1127
    DOI: 10.1039/C001628D

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