One-step oxidehydration of glycerol to acrylic acid using ETS-10-like vanadosilicates

Alex Silva Paula, Luiz Gustavo Possato, Davi Rubinho Ratero, Janine Contro, Keren Keinan-Adamsky, Ricardo Reis Soares, Gil Goobes, Leandro Martins, José G. Nery

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Vanadosilicates isostructural to ETS-10 and AM-6 microporous materials were synthesized hydrothermally using derivatives of cis- and trans-3,5-dimethyl-piperidine as organic structure directing agents (SDAs) and were subsequently tested as heterogeneous catalysts for the oxidehydration of glycerol to acrylic acid. The best performances were obtained with vanadosilicates prepared with 1,1,3,5-tetramethyl piperidinum cations, which were capable of converting 93.6% of glycerol to acrylic acid in one step, with 85.4% selectivity. Other important chemicals such as acrolein (3.8%), propanal (2.3%), acetaldehyde (3.2%), acetic acid (2.5%), and propionic acid (1.4%) were produced in smaller amounts. The results clearly indicated that these vanadosilicates are potential multifunctional catalysts capable of performing the oxidehydration of glycerol to acrylic acid in a single step. Spectroscopic data obtained from 51VMAS-NMR, UV-Vis, XPS, and Raman scattering analyses suggested that the selectivity of these vanadosilicates for the oxidative dehydration of glycerol to acrylic acid could be attributed to the capacity of the vanadium species for dynamic adoption of multiple oxidation states during the catalytic reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-160
Number of pages10
JournalMicroporous and Mesoporous Materials
StatePublished - 15 Sep 2016

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Financial support for this work was provided by the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP) in the form of grants to JGN (processes #05/54703-6 and #11/51851-5 ) and LM (process #10/01449-3 ). We also thank CAPES and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development for financial support to JGN (grant #07/478104-3 ). Prof. Michael Tsapatsis (UMass) is gratefully acknowledged for supporting and encouraging this work.

FundersFunder number
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo05/54703-6, 11/51851-5, 10/01449-3
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico07/478104-3


    • Acrylic acid
    • Glycerol
    • Mars-van Krevelen mechanism
    • Oxidehydration reactions
    • Vanadosilicates


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