Reactive distillation for the biorefinery: Production of organic acid esters

Navinchandra Asthana, Aspi Kolah, Dung Vu, Carl T. Lira, Dennis J. Miller

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Abstract

Reactive distillation is well-suited for applications in the biorefinery, particularly for reactions that are equilibrium limited and where product volatility can be effectively taken advantage of. The use of catalysis in reactive distillation to form organic acid esters is presented. The process circumvents many of the inherent difficulties in traditional esterification processes, and facilitates formation of high purity ester in near theoretical yields. The formation of ethyl esters of lactic acid, succinic acid, and citric acid are examined. Their ethyl esters are desirable target species because of their attractive properties and because they serve as prototypical compounds for the application of reactive distillation. Results from both batch esterification studies and pilot-scale reactive distillation experiments are presented. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 230th ACS National Meeting (Washington, DC 8/28/2005-9/1/2005).

LanguageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Volume230
StatePublished - 2005
Event230th ACS National Meeting - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Aug 28 2005Sep 1 2005

Other

Other230th ACS National Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period8/28/059/1/05

Profile

Organic acids
Distillation
Esters
Esterification
Succinic Acid
Citric Acid
Catalysis
Lactic Acid
Experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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Asthana, N., Kolah, A., Vu, D., Lira, C. T., & Miller, D. J. (2005). Reactive distillation for the biorefinery: Production of organic acid esters. In ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts (Vol. 230)

Reactive distillation for the biorefinery : Production of organic acid esters. / Asthana, Navinchandra; Kolah, Aspi; Vu, Dung; Lira, Carl T.; Miller, Dennis J.

ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. Vol. 230 2005.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Asthana, N, Kolah, A, Vu, D, Lira, CT & Miller, DJ 2005, Reactive distillation for the biorefinery: Production of organic acid esters. in ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. vol. 230, 230th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC, United States, 8/28/05.
Asthana N, Kolah A, Vu D, Lira CT, Miller DJ. Reactive distillation for the biorefinery: Production of organic acid esters. In ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. Vol. 230. 2005.
Asthana, Navinchandra ; Kolah, Aspi ; Vu, Dung ; Lira, Carl T. ; Miller, Dennis J./ Reactive distillation for the biorefinery : Production of organic acid esters. ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. Vol. 230 2005.
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