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Selective Oxidation of Raw Glycerol Using Supported AuPd Nanoparticles

Dipartimento di Chimica, Università degli Studi di Milano, via Golgi 19, I-20133 Milano, Italy
Institut für Nanotechnologie, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
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Academic Editor: Keith Hohn
Catalysts 2015, 5(1), 131-144;
Received: 22 December 2014 / Revised: 4 February 2015 / Accepted: 6 February 2015 / Published: 13 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers to Celebrate the Landmarks of Catalysts)
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Bimetallic AuPd supported on different carbonaceous materials and TiO2 was tested in the liquid phase oxidation of commercial grade and raw glycerol. The latter was directly obtained from the base-catalyzed transesterification of edible rapeseed oil using KOH. The best catalytic results were obtained using activated carbon and nitrogen-functionalized carbon nanofibers as supports. In fact, the catalysts were more active using pure glycerol instead of the one obtained from rapeseed, where strong deactivation phenomena were present. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and TEM were utilized to investigate the possible reasons for the observed loss of activity. View Full-Text
Keywords: raw glycerol; AuPd; liquid phase oxidation raw glycerol; AuPd; liquid phase oxidation

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Chan-Thaw, C.E.; Campisi, S.; Wang, D.; Prati, L.; Villa, A. Selective Oxidation of Raw Glycerol Using Supported AuPd Nanoparticles. Catalysts 2015, 5, 131-144.

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