Selective oxidation of glycerol to dihidroxyacetone (DHA): a comparison between neocuproine-Pd(OAc)2 based catalyst and an its dimeric form

<b>The behaviour of two different organometallic complexes based on Pd were examined in depth with the aim to obtain the selective oxidation of glycerol to 1,3-dihydroxyacetone (DHA). An high glycerol conversion (93.5%) was obtained in a acetonitrile/water mixture in the presence of oxygen as a terminal oxidant.</b>