Catalysis Letters

, Volume 131, Issue 1, pp 122–128

Conversion of Glycerol to Acrolein in the Presence of WO3/ZrO2 Catalysts


DOI: 10.1007/s10562-009-9923-0

Cite this article as:
Ulgen, A. & Hoelderich, W. Catal Lett (2009) 131: 122. doi:10.1007/s10562-009-9923-0


Dehydration of glycerol to acrolein was performed on WO3/ZrO2 solid heterogeneous catalysts in a continuous flow fixed bed reactor. A maximum of 75% acrolein selectivity was achieved at 100% conversion of glycerol. The acrolein selectivity correlates with the concentration of weak acidic sites of the WO3/ZrO2 catalysts that were free of basic sites.


Glycerol (glycerin) Acrolein Alcohol dehydration Solid acid WO3/ZrO2 Sustainable technology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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