Selective Catalytic Oxidation of Glycerol to Dihydroxyacetone

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  • This work was supported by the Global Climate and Energy Project (33454) at Stanford University. R.M.P. and D.M.P. gratefully acknowledge Stanford University for graduate fellowships (R.M.P. for a Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) fellowship; D.M.P. for a Stanford Graduate Fellowship).

Abstract

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High selectivity and high yield characterize the oxidation of glycerol into dihydroxyacetone using catalyst 1, with benzoquinone or air as the oxidant. The mechanism proposed involves reversible palladium-alkoxide formation with the turnover-limiting reoxidation of the palladium complex.

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