Advanced search
Start date

Glycerol oxidation using catalysts based on Cu or Ni metallic nanoparticles supported on carbonaceous materials

Grant number: 13/15783-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2013
Effective date (End): February 28, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Physical-Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Wagner Alves Carvalho
Grantee:Thalita Soares Galhardo
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas (CCNH). Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC). Ministério da Educação (Brasil). Santo André , SP, Brazil


Catalysts based on metal nanoparticles (Cu or Ni) supported on carbonaceous materials (activated carbon or carbon nanotubes) will be prepared. The methods of synthesis of metallic nanoparticles will be varied (by wet impregnation method, the polyol method for the synthesis of nanoparticles of Cu and the chemical reduction method with N2H4 for the synthesis of nanoparticles Ni), and the carbonaceous supports will be subjected to oxidative and thermal treatments. The materials will have their textural and chemical properties characterized by appropriate techniques, among which nitrogen adsorption, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, elemental analysis of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, X-ray diffraction, temperature programmed reduction with H2 and surface functional groups titration. The catalysts will be used in catalytic oxidation of glycerol in the presence of oxygen, synthetic air or hydrogen peroxide. The oxidation products of glycerol, especially glyceric acid and dihydroxyacetone, will be quantified by high performance liquid chromatography. The glycerol oxidation results will be related to the characteristics identified for the catalysts in terms of metal type, metal particle size and support surface type. According to the results, the reaction conditions may be varied. Adequate catalytic activity of the materials developed in this work could be an interesting alternative for the replacement of catalysts based on Au, which would lead to greater economic feasibility for the conversion of glycerol into higher value-added products through its oxidation.

News published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the scholarship:
Articles published in other media outlets (0 total):
More itemsLess items

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
SUZUKI, NINA Y.; SANTIAGO, PATRICIA V. B.; GALHARDO, THALITA S.; CARVALHO, WAGNER A.; SOUZA-GARCIA, JANAINA; ANGELUCCI, CAMILO A.. Insights of glycerol electrooxidation on polycrystalline silver electrode. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, v. 780, p. 391-395, . (13/13749-0, 13/21160-6, 14/07075-9, 13/15783-0)
GALHARDO, THALITA S.; GONCALVES, MARAISA; MANDELLI, DALMO; CARVALHO, WAGNER A.. Glycerol valorization by base-free oxidation with air using platinum-nickel nanoparticles supported on activated carbon as catalyst prepared by a simple microwave polyol method. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, v. 20, n. 9, SI, p. 2075-2088, . (16/05006-5, 13/15783-0)

Please report errors in scientific publications list by writing to: