publication . Article . Other literature type . 2007

Acidic Mesoporous Silica for the Acetylation of Glycerol: Synthesis of Bioadditives to Petrol Fuel

Gabriel Morales; Juan Antonio Melero; Marta Paniagua; Rafael van Grieken;
  • Published: 01 May 2007 Journal: Energy & Fuels, volume 21, pages 1,782-1,791 (issn: 0887-0624, eissn: 1520-5029, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Chemical Society (ACS)
Expected increasing biodiesel production during the next few years will lead to an overproduction of glycerol, which is the main byproduct. The use of glycerol-based additives to improve petrol fuel properties is one of the possibilities currently being explored to utilize this renewable feedstock. In this context, sulfonic acid functionalized mesostructured materials have demonstrated an excellent catalytic behavior in the esterification of glycerol with acetic acid to yield acetylated derivates. Diacetylglycerol (DAG) and triacetylglycerol (TAG, also called triacetin) have been shown to be valuable petrol fuel additives leading to either enhanced cold and visc...
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