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Catalysis in glycerol: a survey of recent advances

Silvia Tagliapietra, Laura Orio, Giovanni Palmisano, Andrea Penoni, and Giancarlo Cravotto

Dipartimento di Scienza e Tecnologia del Farmaco and NIS – Centre for Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces, University of Turin, Via P. Giuria 9, 10125 Turin, Italy



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

Full paper is available at

DOI: 10.1515/chempap-2015-0166


Chemical Papers 69 (12) 1519–1531 (2015)

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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