, Volume 131, Issue 1-2, pp 122-128
Date: 26 Mar 2009

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

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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.