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Keywords:

  • acrylonitrile;
  • ammoxidation;
  • glycerol;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • sustainable chemistry
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A high-value conversion: Acrylonitrile, a monomer in the manufacture of synthetic polymers, is typically produced from propylene. However, a new sustainable process has been developed in which glycerol, a renewable resource (by-product in the manufacture of biodiesel), is treated with ammonia under moderate reaction conditions to give this value-added product.