Faculty Advisor

Emmert, Marion H

Abstract

Biodiesel is looked to as an alternative to fossil fuels. With an ever increasing production of biodiesel comes a byproduct of glycerol. Due to the amount of glycerol being produced, it is no longer a commodity. This report looks into changing glycerol into a higher valued chemical, dihydroxyacetone as to incentivize industry to continue increasing production of biodiesel. This was achieved by the catalytic oxidation of glycerol using a palladium catalyst under aerobic conditions.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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