Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 215–222 | Cite as

Electrochemical reforming of an acidic aqueous glycerol solution on Pt electrodes

  • Sangkorn Kongjao
  • Somsak Damronglerd
  • Mali Hunsom
Original Paper


The feasibility of the electrochemical conversion of glycerol to alternative, more valuable compounds was evaluated with platinum electrode under galvanostatic conditions. The results indicated a potentially good feasibility of reforming glycerol by electrolysis, particularly under strong acidic conditions (pH 1). Indeed, under controlled conditions at pH 1, various commercially valuable compounds, such as propanediol, glycidol, and 2-propenol, amongst others, were produced. The mechanism for the generation of the key compounds is proposed.


Value-added glycerol Reforming Electrochemical technique Pt electrode Propanediol 



The authors acknowledge the financial support from the Graduate School of Chulalongkorn University, and the Center for Petroleum, Petrochemicals and Advanced Materials (NCE-PPAM). In addition, we thank the Publication Counseling Unit (PCU) of the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, and Dr. Robert D.J. Butcher for the latter's comments, suggestions and checking the grammar.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sangkorn Kongjao
    • 1
  • Somsak Damronglerd
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mali Hunsom
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Technology, Faculty of ScienceChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Center for Petroleum, Petrochemicals, and Advanced MaterialsChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand

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