Vanadium-Catalyzed Deoxydehydration of Glycerol Without an External Reductant

Allan Robertson Petersen*, Lasse Bo Nielsen, Johannes Rytter Dethlefsen, Peter Fristrup

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A vanadium‐catalysed deoxydehydration (DODH) of neat glycerol has been developed. Cheap and readily available ammonium metavanadate (NH4VO3) affords higher yields of allyl alcohol than the well‐established catalyst methyltrioxorhenium. A study in which deuterium‐labelled glycerol was used was undertaken to further elucidate the dual role of glycerol as both an oxidant and reductant. This study led to the proposal of a metal‐catalysed DODH mechanism for the production of allyl alcohol and a deeper understanding of the formation of the byproducts acrolein and propanal.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)759-778
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Alcohols
  • Isotopic labeling
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Rhenium
  • Vanadium


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