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Cover Picture: Highly Active Catalysts for the Telomerization of Crude Glycerol with 1,3-Butadiene (ChemSusChem 3/2008)
The cover picture shows a palladium-based molecular catalyst for the direct telomerization of glycerol with 1,3-butadiene, which presents a promising technology allowing direct access to C8-chain mono-, di-, and triethers of glycerol as useful chemical building blocks. Crude glycerol is obtained as a by-product of biodiesel manufacturing, for example, from rapeseed or sunflowers. In their Communication on page 193 ff., B. M. Weckhuysen et al. report how palladium complexes with methoxy-substituted triphenylphosphine ligands entail superior catalytic activity in the telomerization of not only pure glycerol but also crude glycerol. The resulting C8-chain ethers can potentially be applied in the production of surfactant or detergent molecules, as illustrated by the structures set against the foam-like background.