Screening Catalytic Conversion of Glycerol

Screening Catalytic Conversion of Glycerol

Author: Elmar Zimmermann

The synthesis of acrolein from glycerol via a double dehydration reaction is considered a promising alternative to the oxidation of propylene over Bi/Mo/W-oxide catalysts. So far, most of the catalyst screenings have been mainly carried out using a continuous fixed bed flow reactor setup coupled with GC analysis.

W. Suprun and H. Papp, University of Leipzig, Germany, and M. Lutecki, University of Cambridge, UK, report on the application of a thermogravimetric (TG) setup coupled with temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and online MS analysis for the determination of the catalytic performance of alumophosphates loaded with different transition metal oxides (MOx-Al2O3-PO4).

It is shown that TPD-TG-MS investigations of MOx-Al2O3-PO4 catalysts loaded with glycerol are a supplementary and useful tool for fast-screening of initial activities and selectivities of catalysts in the dehydration of glycerol. It provides the opportunity to detect products formed via different reaction pathways, i.e., dehydration reaction or oxidative degradation.

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