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Efficient conversion of glycerol into high value-added chemicals by partial oxidation
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  • Tsutomu Chida,
  • Kousuke Hiromori,
  • Naomi Shibasaki-Kitakawa,
  • Naoki Mimura,
  • Aritomo Yamaguchi,
  • Atsushi TakahashiOrcid
Tsutomu Chida
Tohoku University
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Kousuke Hiromori
Tohoku University
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Naomi Shibasaki-Kitakawa
Tohoku University
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Naoki Mimura
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Aritomo Yamaguchi
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Atsushi Takahashi
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Peer review status:IN REVISION

12 May 2020Submitted to Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society
12 May 2020Assigned to Editor
12 May 2020Submission Checks Completed
28 May 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
01 Jul 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
06 Jul 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major


Glycerol can be effectively converted to glyceric acid, a high value-added pharmaceutical raw material, through its partial oxidation over an Au catalyst under strongly basic conditions. The factors important for the highly selective production of glyceric acid were investigated experimentally. It was clarified that NaOH was involved in the glycerol activation step to a glycerol alkoxide intermediate in the liquid phase, then glyceric acid was formed by OOH species derived from O2 on an Au catalyst in the partial oxidation step. We have newly discovered the concerted effect of NaOH and O2 in different reaction steps.