The acetylation of glycerol was carried out over dodecatungstophosphoric acid (PW) supported on activated carbon, being the monoacetin, diacetin and triacetin the reaction products. A series of catalysts, with different heteropolyacid loading (from 3.5 to 6.5 wt.%), were prepared. It was observed that the catalytic activity increases with the amount of PW immobilized on the activated carbon, being the PW2_AC (with 4.9 wt.%) the most active sample. However, at high loading of heteropolyacid on the activated carbon, a decrease on the catalytic activity was observed, which can be probably explained due to some hindrance in the activated carbon porous system. All catalysts exhibited good values of selectivity to the diacetin. Catalytic stability of the PW2_AC was also studied by performing consecutives batch runs with the same catalyst sample. After the third batch, it was observed that the catalytic activity stabilized. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.