Selective Anodic Oxidation of Solketal as Acetal-Protected Glycerol over Nickel Boride in Alkaline Media to Glyceric Acid**

Cychy, S. and Lechler, S. and Muhler, M.

Volume: 9 Pages:
DOI: 10.1002/celc.202101214
Published: 2022

Alkaline anodic oxidation of glycerol suffers from facile C−C bond cleavage, especially when using non-precious metal electrocatalysts, which limits the yield of more valuable C3 oxygenates. Usually, a high C3 selectivity is a tradeoff with conversion for most catalysts. Thus, we used solketal as the reactant, which is acetal-protected glycerol with acetone. CV experiments showed that solketal is oxidized over nickel boride (NixB) at potentials where NiOOH is formed. Electrolysis over NixB in a thin-film spectroelectrochemical flow cell at 1.58 V vs. RHE to avoid pronounced oxygen evolution showed a stable current density of ca. 6 mA cm−2. Simultaneously recorded ATR-FTIR spectra revealed solketal conversion to solketalate and formate. Indeed, 59 % conversion and 77 % selectivity to glyceric acid were determined by HPLC after acidic cleavage of the acetal, resulting in a yield of 45 %. Therefore, solketal is a promising reactant for the selective electrosynthesis of glyceric acid. © 2021 The Authors. ChemElectroChem published by Wiley-VCH GmbH.

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