Glycerine acetate

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Glycerine acetate is the ester produced from the esterification of glycerol (1) with acetic acid. Multiple products can be produced from this reaction; these include the monoacetylglycerols (MAG, 2 and 3), diacetylglycerols (DAG, 4 and 5), and triacetalglycerol (TAG, 6) (also known as triacetin).

Structures of all possible acetate esters of glycerol

DAG and TAG can be used as fuel additive improving the cold and viscosity properties of biodiesel or the antiknocking properties of gasoline.[1]


  1. ^ J. A. Melero; R. vanGrieken; G. Morales; M. Paniagua (2007). "Acidic Mesoporous Silica for the Acetylation of Glycerol: Synthesis of Bioadditives to Petrol Fuel". Energy Fuels. 21 (3): 1782–1791. doi:10.1021/ef060647q.