Emmert, Marion H
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry