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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-190
Number of pages12
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May


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