Synthesis and testing of catalysts for the production of maleic anhydride from a fermentation feedstock

Sanjay K. Yedur, Joel Dulebohn, Todd Werpy, Kris A. Berglund

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    Abstract

    It is necessary to develop alternate pathways for the production of chemicals that are traditionally produced from fossil fuels to reduce our dependency on nonrenewable energy sources. In this paper, an alternate technology is presented for producing maleic anhydride from a fermentation feedstock. The process involves the catalytic oxydehydrogenation of fermentation-derived succinic anhydride to produce maleic anhydride. Various catalysts have been synthesized and tested for the oxydehydrogenation reaction. Iron phosphate based catalysts are found to be the best on the basis of high conversions and selectivities obtained. The effects of temperature, oxygen concentration, contact time, and the total time on stream on the performance of the catalyst are investigated, and an optimum set of conditions for the operation of the bench-scale reactor is presented. The bulk and surface compositions, the surface areas, and the bulk crystallographic structure of the catalysts are also reported.

    LanguageEnglish (US)
    Pages663-671
    Number of pages9
    JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
    Volume35
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Mar 1996

    Profile

    Maleic Anhydrides
    Fermentation
    Feedstocks
    Catalysts
    Testing
    Maleic anhydride
    fermentation
    catalyst
    Fossil fuels
    Surface structure
    Iron
    Phosphates
    Oxygen
    Temperature
    succinic anhydride
    fossil fuel
    surface area
    phosphate
    iron
    oxygen

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
    • Environmental Science(all)
    • Polymers and Plastics

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    Synthesis and testing of catalysts for the production of maleic anhydride from a fermentation feedstock. / Yedur, Sanjay K.; Dulebohn, Joel; Werpy, Todd; Berglund, Kris A.

    In: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Vol. 35, No. 3, 03.1996, p. 663-671.

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