This invention consists of a novel composition of matter as well as a process for the efficient conversion of glycerol to lactic acid.
To learn more about the technology a published white paper (pdf) is available for download.
The invention is applicable to the materials industry since lactic acid is a sought after component of biodegradable materials.
The invention consists of a new supported metal catalyst and a process for converting glycerol to lactic acid. The invention produces high yields of lactic acid at significantly lower temperatures within 4 - 6 hours, has high selectivity for lactic acid, and does not require an oxidant or reductant.
The metal catalyst has excellent stability under the reaction conditions for prolonged use.
The invention is highly selective for lactic acid and uses a starting material that is readily available.
The catalytic process is extremely efficient and does not require the use of harsh oxidants or reductants. Also, the explosive danger is minimized.
Efficient route to acrylic acid via catalytic dehydration of lactic acid