Catalysis Letters

, Volume 141, Issue 7, pp 958–967 | Cite as

Direct Hydrogenolysis of Highly Concentrated Glycerol Solutions Over Supported Ru, Pd and Pt Catalyst Systems

  • Esti van Ryneveld
  • Abdul S. Mahomed
  • Pieter S. van Heerden
  • Holger B. Friedrich


The evaluation of supported precious metal catalysts, in combination with and without solid acids, for the hydrogenolysis of highly concentrated glycerol solutions, with the aim to produce lower alcohols, in particular 1-propanol was studied. GCMS analysis of the product mixtures obtained has shed some light on the possible mechanism leading to unwanted condensation products, as well as the composition of these compounds.

Graphical Abstract


Supported precious metal catalysts Solid acids Glycerol 1-propanol 



Thanks are due to Johnson & Matthey UK for the preparation of the precious metal catalysts and Sasol Technology for the support to perform this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esti van Ryneveld
    • 1
  • Abdul S. Mahomed
    • 2
  • Pieter S. van Heerden
    • 2
  • Holger B. Friedrich
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ChemistryUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.R&D DivisionSasol TechnologySasolburgSouth Africa

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