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Keywords:

  • catalysis;
  • etherification;
  • fatty alcohols;
  • glycerol;
  • renewable resources
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Rubbing the right way: The direct etherification of glycerol with long-chain alcohols typically suffers from poor contact between the reaction phases. A dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid catalyst enables a better contact between the glycerol and alcohol phases, enhancing the yield of monoalkyl glyceryl ethers and offering a direct route for the synthesis of these surfactants.