Epoxidation of fatty acids and vegetable oils assisted by microwaves catalyzed by a cation exchange resin

Adriana Freites, Pasi Tolvanen, Shuyana Heredia, Marta Gonzalez Munoz, Tina Samson, Adrien Oger, Antoine Verove, Kari Eränen, Sebastien Leveneur, Jyri-Pekka Mikkola, Tapio Salmi

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Epoxidation of oleic acid and cottonseed oil was conducted in a semibatch reactor with in-situ-formed percarboxylic acid (peracetic acid or perpropionic acid), using hydrogen peroxide as an oxidizing agent and carboxylic acid (acetic acid or propionic acid) as oxygen carriers. Amberlite IR-120 was implemented as the catalyst. The system was comprised of a loop reactor, where the mixture was pumped through a single-mode cavity in which microwave irradiation was introduced. A heat exchanger was integrated into the system to replace microwave heating, to compare the results obtained via microwave heating versus conventional heating. The catalyst loading effect was studied, as well as the influence of microwave irradiation and the implementation of the SpinChem rotating bed reactor (RBR), in hopes of decreasing the influence of the internal mass transfer. The application of microwave irradiation results in an improvement of the reaction yield in the absence of a catalyst.

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)3876–3886
JournalIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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