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Reusable gypsum based catalyst for synthesis of glycerol carbonate from glycerol and urea


Zuhaimi, Nor Ain Syuhada and Indran, Vidhyaa Paroo and Deraman, Mohd Asyrak and Mudrikah, Nor Farihan and Maniam, Gaanty Pragas and Yap, Taufiq Yun Hin and Ab. Rahim, Mohd Hasbi (2015) Reusable gypsum based catalyst for synthesis of glycerol carbonate from glycerol and urea. Applied Catalysis A: General, 502. pp. 312-319. ISSN 0926-860X; ESSN: 1873-3875


In this study, the catalytic carbonylation of glycerol with urea in the presence of gypsum based heterogeneous catalyst is reported for the first time. Gypsum (CaSO4·2H2O) is one of the two calcium sulphate minerals found in nature and also one of the waste materials produced from advanced material industrial processing plant. The effect of physical and chemical pre-treatment procedures on gypsum was investigated. To obtain the catalyst structure-activity relationship, the treated catalysts were characterized by means of several characterization techniques (i.e. XRD, TGA, BET surface area, SEM, FTIR, CO2–TPD, NH3–TPD and Hammett test). Tuneable physico-chemical properties of gypsum based catalysts were successfully prepared by varying the pre-treatment techniques, which later on contributed to the variation of catalytic activity toward glycerol carbonate formation from glycerol. The highest catalytic activity obtained was for catalyst consisting β-CaSO4 phase where it produced 92.8% conversion of glycerol, 90.1% selectivity and 83.6% yield of glycerol carbonate, respectively. The gypsum catalyst is easily recoverable and reusable for subsequent cycles of reaction. Similar physico-chemical properties of fresh and used catalyst were confirmed through XRD, FTIR and Hammett test analysis. Besides, the mechanistic pathway of glycerol carbonate was confirmed through the formation of glycerol carbamate as intermediate compound which was further established through time online analysis study using 13C NMR and ATR–FTIR, respectively. The study also clearly supports conversion of waste into wealth while promising proper disposal of waste to produce value added product.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcata.2015.06.024
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Glycerol; Glycerol carbonate; Gypsum; Heterogeneous catalyst; Pre-treatment
Depositing User: Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2018 02:16
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2018 02:16
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/46166
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