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Assessment of polymeric catalysts with novel formulations in the glycerol acetalization

Grant number: 23/02393-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 16, 2023
Effective date (End): December 15, 2024
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Chemical Technology
Principal Investigator:Leandro Gonçalves de Aguiar
Grantee:William Mendes Godoy
Supervisor: Alirio Egidio Rodrigues
Host Institution: Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Lorena , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade do Porto (UP), Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:20/08631-3 - Synthesis and characterization of styrenic resins and application as catalyst in organic reactions, BP.DR


The present project aims to evaluate the performance of polymeric resins, previously synthesized in the current FAPESP project 2020/08631-3, in the glycerol ketalization reaction, that will be carried out in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto (FEUP). The solketal production yield will be evaluated using the polymeric resins of aforeimentioned project and their reached results will be compared with commercial line resins such, for instance, Amberlyst. Analysis such as ion exchange capacity, swelling index and catalytic efficiency will be carried out in order to characterize the catalyst and ascertain their influence on the reaction in question. New resin formulations would can be performed at the foreign faculty, based on reached results. It is expected to achieve satisfactory results for solketal production and a formulation of resin that can be to integrate favorable features for glycerol ketalization reaction. (AU)

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