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From Glycerol to Value-Added Products


Today, industrial plants that produce glycerol are closing down and
others are opening that use glycerol as a raw material, owing to the
large surplus of glycerol formed as a by-product during the production
of biodiesel. Research efforts to find new applications of glycerol as a
low-cost feedstock for functional derivatives have led to the
introduction of a number of selective processes for converting glycerol
into commercially valued products. This Minireview describes a selection
of such achievements and shows how glycerol will be a central raw
material in future chemical industries.