Glycerol - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128122051, 9780128123331


1st Edition

The Renewable Platform Chemical

Authors: Mario Pagliaro
eBook ISBN: 9780128123331
Paperback ISBN: 9780128122051
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 6th March 2017
Page Count: 154
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Glycerol: The Renewable Platform Chemical provides a valuable overview of the glycerol market, including industrial applications and sustainable production of glycerol. Replacing previous works on the subject, this useful resource describes glycerol, also known as glycerine, and its chemical derivatives, especially the new bioglycerol-derived products. The monograph also discusses how the industrial use of glycerol as raw material for producing commodity chemicals depends on broader scope and lower cost of the catalytic process used to convert glycerol of varying purity grades into valued monomers.

New chapters on glycerol polymers, the use of glycerol as antifreeze, and its sustainable production offer relevant information for researchers and professionals from academics and industry alike. The book features new processes, such as low cost and biocompatible glycerol polymers as a major alternative to the conventional polymers, with the first practical applications now emerging in the biomedical and patient care markets.

The book offers both a source of inspiration for new projects and a reliable source of information on how glycerol is replacing petrochemicals in many real world applications.

Key Features

  • Features completely unique information and insight from leading expert Mario Pagliaro, including recent developments in the field, gathered from over a decade of intense R&D activities
  • Includes new chapters on the glycerol market, glycerol polymers, the use of glycerol in the cement and construction industries, its use an antifreeze, and its sustainable production
  • Contains reliable, accessible information appropriate for research chemists and chemical engineers in the chemical, oleochemicals, biodiesel, biotechnology and cement industries as well as in academia


Research chemists and chemical engineers in the chemical, oleochemical, biodiesel, biotechnology and cement industries as well as in academia

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Properties, Applications, History, and Market

  • Abstract
  • 1.1 An Eminent Oleochemical
  • 1.2 Properties and Main Applications
  • 1.3 An Historical Outlook
  • 1.4 Refining Bioglycerol
  • 1.5 A Market in Disarray
  • 1.6 Pyramid of Value
  • 1.7 A looking Ahead Perspective
  • References

Chapter 2. C3-Monomers

  • Abstract
  • 2.1 Epichlorohydrin
  • 2.2 Life Cycle Analysis of Bio-Based Epichlorohydrin
  • 2.3 Perspectives for Bio-Based Epichlorohydrin
  • 2.4 Toward Fully Renewable Epoxy Resins
  • 2.5 Propylene Glycol
  • 2.6 Hydrogenolysis to Mono Propylene Glycol
  • 2.7 The Business Case of Bio-Based Mono Propylene Glycol
  • 2.8 Biological Route to 1,3-Propanediol
  • 2.9 Acrolein and Acrylic Acid
  • 2.10 The Business Case for Glycerol-Based Acrylic Acid
  • 2.11 Biochemical Route to 3-Hydroxypropionaldehyde
  • 2.12 Polyhydroxyalkonoates
  • 2.13 Glycerol Oxidation Bioproducts
  • References

Chapter 3. Esters, Ethers, Polyglycerols, and Polyesters

  • Abstract
  • 3.1 Glycerol Esters
  • 3.2 Biopolyol-Based Polyurethanes
  • 3.3 Glycerol Carbonate
  • 3.4 Glycerol Ethers
  • 3.5 Polyglycerols
  • 3.6 Polyglycerol Esters
  • 3.7 Glycerol Polyesters
  • 3.8 Polyglycerols: Large Growth Potential
  • References

Chapter 4. Antifreeze and Multipurpose Cement Aid

  • Abstract
  • 4.1 Glycerol as Antifreeze
  • 4.2 Glycerol-Based Antifreeze Market
  • 4.3 Raw Bioglycerol as Multipurpose Cement Aid
  • 4.4 Cement Grinding and Anticorrosion Aid
  • 4.5 Cement Strength Enhancer and Waterproofing Agent
  • 4.6 Form Release Agent
  • 4.7 The Business Case for Bioglycerol as Cement Aid
  • References

Chapter 5. Glycerol: A Key Platform Chemical of the Forthcoming Bioeconomy

  • Abstract
  • 5.1 Bio-Based Products and Low Oil Prices
  • 5.2 Population, Wealth, and Energy
  • 5.3 Oil Value and the Global Economy
  • 5.4 A Natural Oil Price?
  • 5.5 Conflicting Dynamics
  • 5.6 The Forthcoming Solar Economy
  • 5.7 Bioglycerol-Based Polymers and Chemicals
  • 5.8 Glycerol: The Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Enabler
  • References


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About the Author

Mario Pagliaro

A chemistry and energy scholar based at Italy’s Research Council, Mario Pagliaro has co-authored more than 160 highly cited research articles and 20 books. Amongst his discoveries are a number of new utilizations of biodiesel-derived glycerol that range from its use as cement additive in the construction industry, through entirely new oxidation and dehydration processes. His 2007 article “From glycerol to value‐added products” has been cited more than 1,000 times. His previous work, The Future of Glycerol (first published in 2008 and revised in 2010) is the international reference in the field with more than 400 citations. Dr. Pagliaro’s other popular publications cover solar energy (Flexible Solar Cells), nanotechnology (Nano-Age), materials chemistry (Silica-Based Materials), photochemistry (Clean by Light Irradiation), and chemistry (The Future of Glycerol).

Affiliations and Expertise

Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, CNR Palermo, Italy

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