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Esterification of propanoic acid with ethanol, 1-propanol and butanol over a heterogeneous fiber catalyst
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemical Engineering and Technology, Chemical Technology.
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2005 (English)In: Chemical Engineering Journal, ISSN 1385-8947, Vol. 115, no 02-jan, 1-12 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Esterification kinetics of propanoic acid with ethanol, 1-propanol and butanol over a fibrous polymer-supported sulphonic acid catalyst (Smopex-101) was studied. Experiments were carried out in a batch reactor operating isothermally at three different temperatures: 60, 70 and 75 degrees C (80 degrees C for butanol) and with different initial molar ratios of propanoic acid and alcohol (1:1, 1:2 and 2:1). The fiber catalyst was active and stable in all the experiments. The experimental results were modeled according to a Langmuir-Hinshelwood model and with an advanced adsorption-based model. The activity coefficients were calculated according to the UNIFAC model. The activation energy of esterification of propanoic acid with ethanol was found to be 52.6 kJ/mol, 49.9 kJ/mol with 1-propanol and 47.3 kJ/mol with butanol. The kinetic model, which includes the adsorption of carboxylic acid and water combined with the activities of the species, explained the experimentally recorded concentrations well.

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2005. Vol. 115, no 02-jan, 1-12 p.
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esterification, polymer-supported sulphonic acid catalyst, density, viscosity, activity, kinetic modeling, cation-exchange resin, vapor-phase esterification, ethyl-acetate production, acetic-acid, reactive distillation, carboxylic-acids, amyl alcohol, chemical-equilibrium, reaction-kinetics, activated carbon
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-15204DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2005.08.012ISI: 000233581900001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-27844483011OAI: diva2:333245
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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