Merck

From glycerol to value-added products.

Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) (2007-05-02)
Mario Pagliaro, Rosaria Ciriminna, Hiroshi Kimura, Michele Rossi, Cristina Della Pina
ABSTRACT

Today, industrial plants that produce glycerol are closing down and others are opening that use glycerol as a raw material, owing to the large surplus of glycerol formed as a by-product during the production of biodiesel. Research efforts to find new applications of glycerol as a low-cost feedstock for functional derivatives have led to the introduction of a number of selective processes for converting glycerol into commercially valued products. This Minireview describes a selection of such achievements and shows how glycerol will be a central raw material in future chemical industries.

MATERIALS
Product Number
Brand
Product Description

Sigma-Aldrich
4-(Hydroxymethyl)-1,3-dioxolan-2-one
Sigma-Aldrich
Glycerol, tested according to Ph. Eur., anhydrous
Sigma-Aldrich
Glycerol, puriss. p.a., ACS reagent, anhydrous, dist., ≥99.5% (GC)
Sigma-Aldrich
Glycerol solution, puriss. p.a., 86-89% (T)