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

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

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  • 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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