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Title: Selective photoelectrochemical oxidation of glycerol to high value-added dihydroxyacetone
Authors: Liu, Dong
Liu, Jin-Cheng
Cai, Weizheng
Ma, Jun
Yang, Hong Bin
Xiao, Hai
Li, Jun
Xiong, Yujie
Huang, Yanqiang
Liu, Bin
Keywords: Organic Chemistry
DRNTU::Engineering::Chemical engineering
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Liu, D., Liu, J.-C., Cai, W., Ma, J., Yang, H. B., Xiao, H., … Liu, B. (2019). Selective photoelectrochemical oxidation of glycerol to high value-added dihydroxyacetone. Nature Communications, 10(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-019-09788-5
Series/Report no.: Nature Communications
Abstract: It is highly profitable to transform glycerol – the main by-product from biodiesel production to high value-added chemicals. In this work, we develop a photoelectrochemical system based on nanoporous BiVO4 for selective oxidation of glycerol to 1,3-dihydroxyacetone – one of the most valuable derivatives of glycerol. Under AM 1.5G front illumination (100 mW cm−2) in an acidic medium (pH = 2) without adscititious oxidant, the nanoporous BiVO4 photoanode achieves a glycerol oxidation photocurrent density of 3.7 mA cm−2 at a potential of 1.2 V versus RHE with 51% 1,3-dihydroxyacetone selectivity, equivalent to a production rate of 200 mmol of 1,3-dihydroxyacetone per m2 of illumination area in one hour.
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09788-5
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