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Propylene from Renewable Resources: Catalytic Conversion of Glycerol into Propylene

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  • Lei Yu,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Jing Yuan,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Qi Zhang,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Dr. Yong-Mei Liu,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Prof. Dr. He-Yong He,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Prof. Kang-Nian Fan,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
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  • Prof. Dr. Yong Cao

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774
    • Department of Chemistry, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Molecular Catalysis and Innovative Materials, Fudan University, Handan Road 220, Shanghai 200433 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 21-65643774

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Abstract

Propylene, one of the most demanded commodity chemicals, is obtained overwhelmingly from fossil resources. In view of the diminishing fossil resources and the ongoing climate change, the identification of new efficient and alternative routes for the large-scale production of propylene from biorenewable resources has become essential. Herein, a new selective route for the synthesis of propylene from bio-derived glycerol is demonstrated. The route consists of the formation of 1-propanol (a versatile bulk chemical) as intermediate through hydrogenolysis of glycerol at a high selectivity. A subsequent dehydration produces propylene.

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