Oxidation of Glycerol to Glycolate by using Supported Gold and Palladium Nanoparticles (pages 1145–1151)
Meenakshisundaram Sankar, Nikolaos Dimitratos, David W. Knight, Albert F. Carley, Ramchandra Tiruvalam, Christopher J. Kiely, Damian Thomas and Graham J. Hutchings
Article first published online: 14 OCT 2009 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.200900133
The use of glycerol as a biorenewable chemical feedstock is of immense importance, because it is a byproduct of the manufacture of biodiesel. Catalysts (1 wt % Au/carbon) are prepared by using a sol-immobilization method, and are shown to oxidize glycerol to glycolate giving yields of ca. 60 %, using hydrogen peroxide as oxidant in an autoclave reactor.