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Glycerol - Current Catalytic and Biochemical Processes for Sustainability

Israel Pala-Rosas

Instituto Politécnico Nacional

Dr. Pala-Rosas has experience in the areas of production and quality in the canned food and beverage industry, and also in the processing of triglycerides for the production of soap and biodiesel. He focuses his work on the synthesis, characterization, and testing of catalysts, as well as the design and analysis of chemical and biochemical reactors. He has authored and co-authored numerous journal papers, book chapters, and other publications.


Jose Salmones

ESIQIE-Instituto Politecnico Nacional

Dr. José Salmones is the author of 65 international indexed articles, co-author of a published book, author of two book chapters, and author of 27 registered patents, out of which 20 have been granted by the Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo and 2 by the Instituto Politécnico Nacional. He has participated in national and international forums with 217 papers. Since 1986, he is a level II member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico.

Jose Luis Contreras

Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

Dr. Contreras has more than 40 years of industrial and research experience in topics related to heterogeneous catalysis. He is the author of several patents and international indexed articles. His research and application areas are focused on the synthesis and characterization of catalysts for processes in chemical and environmental engineering such as the production of niacinamide from glycerol among others. He is a level I member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico.


Value-Added Compounds Commodities Fuels Homogeneous Catalysis Heterogeneous Catalysis Supercritical Processing Microbial Fermentation Enzymatic Reactions Biocatalysis Chemical Equilibrium Reaction Kinetics (Bio)reactor Modeling

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Glycerol has attracted attention as its global production has increased excessively due to the rapid growth of the biodiesel industry, resulting in a dramatic decrease in its market price. Additionally, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), it is expected that glycerol production from the biodiesel industry will reach and remain around 4.4 billion liters per year between 2020 and 2028.

On the other hand, the progressive decrease of oil reserves has led not only to the production of renewable fuels but also to the development of clean and sustainable technologies to obtain chemical compounds, which are usually employed in industry as raw materials to produce many several daily-use products, seeking to minimize the dependence on the petroleum industry. Thereby, biomass-derived compounds are promising feedstocks to obtain diverse products of technological and industrial interest.

In this context, in recent years, intensive research has been carried out to develop valorization processes so that glycerol goes from its current state as a by-product to raw material for the synthesis of other compounds.
This book aims to expose the recent advances in the research and development of chemical and biochemical processes to obtain bio-based chemical compounds and fuels from glycerol.

Chapters dealing with the synthesis and characterization of catalysts (single and mixed hydroxides and oxides, supported catalysts, zeolites, heteropolyacids, pillared-clays, and metal-organic frameworks) and biocatalysts (novel microbial and fungi cultures, immobilized cells, immobilized enzymes, and nanobiocatalysts) to carry out the conversion of glycerol, as well as their testing in discontinuous and continuous stirred reactors, fixed-bed, fluidized-bed, trickle-bed, bubble column, airlift and membrane (bio)reactors are welcome.

The book will comprise, but will not be limited to, the homogeneous and heterogeneous chemical reactions of glycerol such as dehydration, hydrogenolysis, partial oxidation, steam- and dry-reforming, glycerol to hydrocarbon fuels and aromatics, (trans)esterification, etherification, halogenation, ammoxidation, as well as supercritical, and photocatalytic processes.

Additionally, we hope to cover the bioprocessing of glycerol, including microbial and fungal fermentation and enzymatic reactions to obtain C2-C4 alcohols, diols, hydrogen, methane, organic acids, dihydroxyacetone, biopolymers, and others.
The book will also deal with the engineering aspects of glycerol processing, such as chemical equilibrium of glycerol reactions, reaction kinetics, (bio)reactor modeling, as well as process simulation and optimization of process variables and reactors.

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Israel Pala-Rosas

Instituto Politécnico Nacional

Israel Pala-Rosas is a biochemical engineer at the Instituto Tecnológico de Tehuacán (Tehuacán, México), with a Master\'s degree in chemical engineering from the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Puebla, México) and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the School of Chemical Engineering and Extractive Industries of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (México). Dr. Pala-Rosas has experience in the areas of production and quality in the canned food and beverage industry, and also in the processing of triglycerides for the production of soap and biodiesel. In addition, he has served as a professor at higher level institutions where he has been co-director of thesis and synodal at the undergraduate and graduate levels in works on catalysis, reactor modeling, and separation processes. His interest lays in the research and development of catalytic and biotechnological processes for the transformation of biomass-derived molecules to compounds of technological and industrial interest. He focuses his work on the synthesis, characterization, and testing of catalysts, as well as the design and analysis of chemical and biochemical reactors. Areas related to the catalytic processes, such as chemical thermodynamics, unit operations, and economics, are also under his scope.

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