Glycerol utilization: Solvent-free acetalisation over niobia catalysts

G. S. Nair, E. Adrijanto, A. Alsalme, I. V. Kozhevnikov, D. J. Cooke, D. R. Brown, N. R. Shiju

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With increasing biodiesel production, availability of glycerol is expected to increase. New processes are needed for converting this surplus glycerol to value-added chemicals. In this work, we used niobia catalysts for the liquid-phase acetalisation of glycerol without using any solvent. High conversions were achieved (∼80%), though water was present in the reaction system. The calcination temperature changed the strength as well as the nature of acidity of the samples. Samples with higher Bronsted acid strength exhibited higher catalytic performance. The results show that niobia is a water tolerant, reusable catalyst for glycerol acetalisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1173-1179
Number of pages7
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number6
Early online date1 Mar 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


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