Glycerol as a Source for Fuels and Chemicals by Low-Temperature Catalytic Processing


  • This work was supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and we acknowledge a post-doctoral grant from CAPES–Brazil for R.R.S. We thank Edward L. Kunkes for help with catalyst preparation and characterization. We thank Randy D. Cortright and Manos Mavrikakis for discussions throughout this project.


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Lean and green: Glycerol can be catalytically converted into synthesis gas at relatively low temperatures. The combination of this process with Fischer–Tropsch and methanol-synthesis steps offers a new strategy for the production of liquid fuels and chemicals from renewable resources.