Chapter 11. Catalytic Transformation of Glycerol

  1. Prof. Gabriele Centi2 and
  2. Prof. Dr. Rutger A. van Santen3
  1. Bert Sels,
  2. Els D'Hondt and
  3. Pierre Jacobs

Published Online: 22 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527621118.ch11

Catalysis for Renewables: From Feedstock to Energy Production

Catalysis for Renewables: From Feedstock to Energy Production

How to Cite

Sels, B., D'Hondt, E. and Jacobs, P. (2007) Catalytic Transformation of Glycerol, in Catalysis for Renewables: From Feedstock to Energy Production (eds G. Centi and R. A. van Santen), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527621118.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Messina, Department of Industrial Chemistry and Engineering of Materials, Salita Sperone 31, 98166 Messina, Italy

  2. 3

    Eindhoven University of Technology, Schuit Institute of Catalysis, Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Author Information

  1. Katholicke Universiteit Leuven, Centrum voor Oppervlaktechemie en Katalyse, Kasteelpark Arenberg 23, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee), Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 22 AUG 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527317882

Online ISBN: 9783527621118



  • catalysis for renewables;
  • glycerol;
  • catalytic transformation;
  • catalytic dehydration;
  • etherification;
  • catalytic oxidation;
  • catalytic hydrogenolysis;
  • acrolein formation;
  • glycerol reforming;
  • hydrogen production;
  • miscellaneous oxidation reactions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction and Scope

  • Catalytic Dehydration of Glycerol and Acrolein Formation

  • Etherification of Glycerol via Catalytic Dehydration

    • Glycerol Oligomerization

    • Reaction of Glycerol with Alkenes

  • Catalytic Oxidation of Glycerol

    • Electrochemical Oxidation

    • Gas-phase Catalytic Oxidation

    • Selective Oxidation with Molecular Oxygen on Pt/Bi Catalysts

    • Selective Oxidation with Molecular Oxygen on Gold-based Catalysts

    • Selective Oxidation with Oxidants Differing from Molecular Oxygen

  • Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol

    • Heterogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol

    • Homogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol

  • Glycerol Reforming and Hydrogen Production

  • Miscellaneous Oxidation Reactions

  • Conclusions

  • References