Highly Active Catalysts for the Telomerization of Crude Glycerol with 1,3-Butadiene

Authors

  • Regina Palkovits Dr.,

    1. Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis Group, Department of Chemistry, Utrecht University, Sorbonnelaan 16, 3584CA Utrecht, The Netherlands, Fax: (+31) 30-251-1027
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  • Ilenia Nieddu Dr.,

    1. Chemical Biology & Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Utrecht University, Padualaan 8, 3584CH Utrecht, The Netherlands
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  • Robertus J. M. Klein Gebbink Prof. Dr.,

    1. Chemical Biology & Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Utrecht University, Padualaan 8, 3584CH Utrecht, The Netherlands
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  • Bert M. Weckhuysen Prof. Dr.

    1. Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis Group, Department of Chemistry, Utrecht University, Sorbonnelaan 16, 3584CA Utrecht, The Netherlands, Fax: (+31) 30-251-1027
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Abstract

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The chain gang: Crude glycerol, a by-product in the production of biodiesel, can be telomerized with 1,3-butadiene to form C8-chain ethers. The development of suitable catalyst systems for the direct telomerization of crude glycerol at the biodiesel plant provides a route to useful building blocks from cheap starting materials for commercially valuable products such as detergents and surfactants.

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