Efficient Conversion of Glycerol into High Value-Added Chemicals by Partial Oxidation

Tsutomu Chida, Kousuke Hiromori, Naomi Shibasaki-Kitakawa, Naoki Mimura, Aritomo Yamaguchi, Atsushi Takahashi

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Glycerol can be effectively converted to glyceric acid, a high value-added pharmaceutical raw material, through its partial oxidation over an Au/Al2O3 catalyst under strongly basic conditions. The factors important for the highly selective production of glyceric acid were investigated experimentally. It was clarified that NaOH was involved in the glycerol activation step to a glycerol alkoxide intermediate (2, 3-dihydroxypropoxide) in the liquid phase, then glyceric acid was formed by OOH species derived from O2 on an Au catalyst in the partial oxidation step. We have newly discovered the concerted effect of NaOH and O2 in different reaction steps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1365-1370
Number of pages6
JournalJAOCS, Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec


  • Glyceric acid
  • Glycerol
  • Gold catalyst
  • Partial oxidation
  • Reaction mechanism


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