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Solvent-free conversion of glycerol to solketal catalysed by activated carbons functionalised with acid groups

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Rodrigues, Raphael [1, 2] ; Goncalves, Maraisa [1] ; Mandelli, Dalmo [1] ; Pescarmona, Paolo P. [2] ; Carvalho, Wagner A. [1]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Fed Abc, Ctr Nat & Human Sci, BR-09210170 Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
[2] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Ctr Surface Chem & Catalysis, B-3001 Heverlee - Belgium
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: CATALYSIS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY; v. 4, n. 8, p. 2293-2301, 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 24

Activated carbons prepared from agricultural waste were modified to introduce surface acid sites by treatment with HNO3 or H2SO4. These acid-functionalised materials were studied as heterogeneous catalysts for the solvent-free acetalisation of acetone with glycerol to produce 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-dioxolane-4-methanol (solketal). The best catalyst was prepared by treatment with concentrated sulphuric acid and achieved 97% conversion of glycerol with high selectivity towards solketal by reaction with acetone at room temperature. The catalytic behaviour of the activated carbons was correlated with their physicochemical properties through characterization by N-2-physisorption, XPS, elemental analysis, TGA and Boehm titration of the acid sites. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/14626-3 - Catalytic convertion of glycerol in liquid and vapor phase to products of higher commercial value
Grantee:Wagner Alves Carvalho
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 11/22264-4 - Utilization of lignocelulosic and glycerol wastes for production of catalysts with acidic properties
Grantee:Maraisa Gonçalves
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants