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A Simple and Efficient Process for Large Scale Glycerol Oligomerization by Microwave Irradiation

Sorbonne Universités, Université de Technologie Compiègne, Centre de Recherche Royallieu, CS-60319, F-60203 Compiègne CEDEX, France
Department of Chemistry, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007, India
Institut für Chemie und Biochemie, Freie Universität Berlin, Takiustraße 3, 14195 Berlin, Germany
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Academic Editor: Keith Hohn
Catalysts 2017, 7(4), 123;
Received: 28 February 2017 / Revised: 29 March 2017 / Accepted: 11 April 2017 / Published: 19 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catalysis of Biomass-Derived Molecules)
Herein, an optimized method for 100 g scale synthesis of glycerol oligomers using a microwave multimode source and the low priced K2CO3 as catalyst is reported. This method allows the complete conversion of glycerol to its oligomers in only 30 min, yielding molecular weights up to 1000 g mol−1. Furthermore, a simple iterative purification process, involving the precipitation of the crude product in acetone and methanol, affords a final product composed of larger oligomers with a narrow dispersity (D < 1.5). View Full-Text
Keywords: glycerol; oligomerization; microwave; catalysis glycerol; oligomerization; microwave; catalysis
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Nguyen, R.; Galy, N.; Singh, A.K.; Paulus, F.; Stöbener, D.; Schlesener, C.; Sharma, S.K.; Haag, R.; Len, C. A Simple and Efficient Process for Large Scale Glycerol Oligomerization by Microwave Irradiation. Catalysts 2017, 7, 123.

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