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Special Issue "Glycerol Conversion by Heterogeneous Catalysis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2017).
Prof. Dr. Charles Xu Website E-Mail
Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Western University, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 86414
Interests: Biorefining technologies; Bio-fuels; Bio-based chemicals; Bio-based materials; Thermochemical conversion; Hydrothermal liquefaction; Pyrolysis; Combustion; Gasification; Lignocellulosic biomass; Forestry residues; Agricultural residues; Sugars; Starch; Cellulose; Lignin; Municipal solid wastes; Wastewater sludge; Catalysis; Catalysts; Chemical reaction engineering; Green process engineering
Although the plunge in crude oil prices in recent years has caused a downfall in bio-diesel production, it had increased dramatically in different parts of the world, resulting in a large amount of glycerol as byproduct from the process. The increased amount of glycerol in the market had become a burden to the biodiesel producers who have limited options for managing this byproduct. Valorization of glycerol is thus needed to enhance the sustainability of the biodiesel industry.
Glycerol, the simplest tri-hydroxy alcohol has many potential applications. The multi-functionality of glycerol makes it a promising precursor for the production of high-value bio-renewable fuel/chemical products through various processes involving heterogeneous catalysis, e.g., esterification, etherification, oxidation, dehydration, acetalization, hydrogenolysis, chlorination and catalytic reforming. The glycerol-derived fuel/chemical products include liquid/gaseous fuels, fuel additives (e.g., solketal) and chemicals (e.g., glycerol mono-esters, glyceric acid, 1,3-dihydroxyacetone (DHA), epichlorohydrin, glycidol, tartronic acid, lactic acid, acrylonitrile, 1,2-propanediol and1,3-propanediol, etc.). The main challenge in catalytic conversion of glycerol in batch or continuous-flow processes is associated with deactivation of catalysts over time. Catalyst deactivation over time is the main issue in most reported processes for glycerol conversion. Thus, intense research is underway to develop catalysts of high activity and superb stability.
This Special Issue aims to cover recent progress and trends in conversion of glycerol into high-value bio-renewable fuel/chemical products through heterogeneous catalysis, including the designing, synthesizing, characterizing and evaluating heterogeneous catalysts for glycerol conversion.
Prof. Dr. Chunbao (Charles) Xu
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