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Conversion of Glycerol to Hydrocarbon Fuels via Bifunctional Catalysts
ACS Energy Letters (2016)
  • Yang Xiao, Purdue University
  • Arvind Varma, Purdue University
Utilization of byproduct glycerol improves biodiesel production in terms of both economics and sustainability. Conversion of glycerol to hydrocarbon (GTH) fuels is among the promising options, which provides additional renewable energy besides biodiesel and contributes further to independence from fossil fuels. In the present work, bifunctional catalysts (Pt/H-ZSM-5 and Pd/H-ZSM-5) were selected, prepared, characterized, and tested for GTH conversion. The addition of noble metals enhances aromatics’ yield, and both catalysts convert GTH fuels effectively. On the basis of the experimental observations and prior literature, it is proposed that GTH conversion follows sequential hydrodeoxygenation and aromatization steps. Under optimized conditions, ∼90% glycerol conversion and ∼60% yield of aromatic hydrocarbons were achieved over the Pd/H-ZSM-5 catalyst.
  • Glycerol to aromatic hydrocarbon,
  • ZSM-5 zeolite,
  • Bifunctional catalysts,
  • Hydrodeoxygenation
Publication Date
Fall October 12, 2016
Citation Information
Yang Xiao and Arvind Varma. "Conversion of Glycerol to Hydrocarbon Fuels via Bifunctional Catalysts" ACS Energy Letters Vol. 1 Iss. 5 (2016) p. 963 - 968 ISSN: 2380-8195
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