Selective oxidation of glycerol to formic acid in highly concentrated aqueous solutions with molecular oxygen using V-substituted phosphomolybdic acids

Jizhe Zhang, Miao Sun, Yu Han

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Abstract

Formic acid is an important commodity chemical as well as a promising medium for hydrogen storage and hydrogen production. In this paper, we report that formic acid can be produced through selective oxidation of glycerol, a low-cost by-product of biodiesel, by using vanadium-substituted phosphomolybdic acids as catalysts and molecular oxygen as the oxidant. Significantly, this catalytic system allows for high-concentration conversions and thus leads to exceptional efficiency. Specifically, 3.64 g of formic acid was produced from 10 g of glycerol/water (50/50 in weight) solution. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35463-35466
Number of pages4
JournalRSC Advances
Volume4
Issue number67
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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