Catalytic materials for the hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,3-propanediol

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Recent progress in catalyst development for glycerol hydrogenolysis into 1,3-propanediol is reviewed. Unmodified conventional catalysts produce 1,2-propanediol as the main product instead of 1,3-propanediol. Most effective catalysts use noble metal as a center for hydrogen activation and tungsten or rhenium as an additive. Pt-WO3 catalysts on Al-based supports and Ir-ReOx/SiO2 catalysts are especially effective in 1,3-propanediol production among the reported materials. Characterization results and proposed reaction mechanisms are also summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6688-6702
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May 21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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