publication . Doctoral thesis . 2010

Novel Routes to Ethylene Glycol Synthesis via Acid-Catalyzed Carbonylation of Formaldehyde and Dimethoxymethane

Celik, Fuat Emin;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Carbon-carbon bond forming carbonylation reactions were investigated as candidates to replace ethene epoxidation as the major source of ethylene glycol production. This work was motivated by the potentially lower cost of carbon derived from synthesis gas as compared to ethylene. Synthesis gas can be produced from relatively abundant and cheap natural gas, coal, and biomass resources whereas ethylene is derived from increasingly scarce and expensive crude oil. From synthesis gas, a range of C1 compounds containing no C-C bonds, such as methanol, formaldehyde and its closely related acetals such as dimethoxymethane (DMM), can be readily obtained. Formaldehyde carb...
free text keywords: Engineering, Chemical, Acid catalysis, Carbonylation, Ethylene Glycol, Formaldehyde, Heterogeneous catalysis, Zeolite
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