Development of a process for manufacturing industrially important chemical products from sustainable, bio-based glycerol

Jeffrey R. Seay, Mario R. Eden, Robert N. D'Alessandro, Thomas Thomas, Hubert Redlingshoefer, Christoph Weckbecker

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The second phase of a research study involving the development of a conceptual process to produce industrially important chemicals from sustainable, biomass derived glycerol is presented. Due to the lack of complete reaction data for glycerol dehydration, a laboratory-scale mini-plant was designed and built to study the reaction. The laboratory mini-plant included a liquid feed system, feed vaporizer, a fixed bed catalytic reactor, and analytical equipment to measure the concentrations of various components in the reactor effluent. The processes developed for the separation and purification of the product were based on economically viable targets. The project holds potential for significant contributions to economic and environmental sustainability by the development of novel production processes which are based on cost effective, renewable raw materials. The proposed conceptual processes would be optimized using process integration tools. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 2006 AIChE Annual Meeting (San Francisco, CA 11/12-17/2006).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 AIChE Annual Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2006Nov 17 2006

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings


Conference2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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