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Chemical Papers

, Volume 69, Issue 12, pp 1519–1531 | Cite as

Catalysis in glycerol: a survey of recent advances

  • Silvia Tagliapietra
  • Laura Orio
  • Giovanni Palmisano
  • Andrea Penoni
  • Giancarlo Cravotto
Review

Abstract

There is currently a significant increase in the use of glycerol as a renewable solvent for catalytic reactions. Glycerol has often been the solvent of choice in both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalyses, despite its high viscosity at ambient temperature and the low solubility of highly hydrophobic reagents found in glycerol. Its biodegradability and non-toxicity have led to reports of improved reaction performance and selectivity, as well as easier product separation and effective catalyst recycling. All relevant advances in this emerging field of “green” catalysis are thoroughly reviewed below.

Keywords

glycerol and derivatives “green” solvent catalysis transition-metals complexes catalyst recycling 

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© Institute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Tagliapietra
    • 1
  • Laura Orio
    • 1
  • Giovanni Palmisano
    • 2
  • Andrea Penoni
    • 2
  • Giancarlo Cravotto
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienza e Tecnologia del Farmaco and NIS - Centre for Nanostructured Interfaces and SurfacesUniversity of TurinTurinItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta TecnologiaUniversity of InsubriaComoItaly

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