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A roadmap for renewable C2-C3 glycols production: a process engineering approach

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Marchesan, Andressa Neves [1] ; Oncken, Marina Pinho [1] ; Maciel Filho, Rubens [1] ; Wolf Maciel, Maria Regina [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Sch Chem Engn, Av Albert Einstein 500, Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Review article
Source: GREEN CHEMISTRY; v. 21, n. 19, p. 5168-5194, OCT 7 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

The development of the bioeconomy has stimulated the search for fuels and chemicals that can be obtained through economically competitive renewable routes, aiming to reduce the environmental impact of their usual petrochemical production. C2 and C3 glycols are chemicals with a wide range of applications and high market volume, and the possibility of replacing their petrochemical production by their renewable equivalents through either chemical or biochemical conversion strategies has been the object of academic and industrial developments. Most studies focus on lab-scale experiments for catalyst development to tackle the challenge of achieving high selectivity from complex renewable feedstocks. However, little effort has been dedicated to assess the performance and commercial feasibility of the routes under development and how they compare to those already at the industrial scale. In this context, the intention here is to provide an overview of the renewable routes to produce ethylene glycol, 1,2-propanediol, and 1,3-propanediol, exploring the different feedstocks, conversion and purification strategies, and stages of technological maturity. More than summarizing the recent developments in the area, this review also discusses the expected challenges associated with the scale-up of such processing routes and their implications on process design and commercial production. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/20630-4 - Biorefinery development integrated to a bioethanol sugar cane plant with zero CO2 emission: routes to convert renewable resources to bio-products and bio-electricity
Grantee:Rubens Maciel Filho
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants