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Work on a New Progress in SelectiveHydrogenolysis of Glycerol
to 1,3-Propanediol was published in ChemSusChem
Text by Yongnan Sun Date:5/3/2017 Visited: 647

Recently, Ph.D. Xiaochen Zhao and Ph.D. Jia Wang has made new progress in selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,3-propanediol.They report a highly dispersed Au into Pt/WOx catalysts for selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,3-propanediol. The study have published as cover picture in ChemSusChem.


A highly dispersed Au and Pt catalyst supported on WOx wasdeveloped for high performance in the selective hydrogenolysis of glycerol to 1,3-propanediol (1,3-PD) under very mild reaction conditions (81.4% glycerol conversion, 51.6% 1,3-PD selectivity at 413 K, 1 MPa H2). The highly dispersed Au decreasedthe original surface Lewis-acid sites on Pt/WOx but greatly increased its in situ generated Brønsted-acid sites with the assistance of H2 through the formation of frustrated Lewis pairs.These in situ formed and spatially separated pairs of H+ and H- function as the active sites in glycerol conversion to 1,3-PD.

This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Strategic Priority Research Programof the Chinese Academy of Sciences , and National Key Projects for Fundamental Research and Development ofChina.

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