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Glycerol Utilization

  • Claudio J. A. Mota
  • Bianca Peres Pinto
  • Ana Lúcia de Lima


Glycerol is traditionally used in soaps, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals and food products. All these sectors cannot drain the increasing surplus of glycerol of biodiesel production. Other applications, such as supplement for animal food, fermentation to biogas and formulations of fluids for enhanced oil recovery are gaining importance in the past years. Nevertheless, the most promising application is in the chemical industry, as a cheap and renewable raw material for the production of polymers and specialty chemicals. This chapter briefly describes the traditional and potential new applications of glycerol, also highlighting the different glycerol sources and grades, as well as the main purification procedures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio J. A. Mota
    • 1
  • Bianca Peres Pinto
    • 2
  • Ana Lúcia de Lima
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Chemistry, School of Chemistry, INCT of Energy and EnvironmentFederal University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Institute of ChemistryFederal University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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