Reaction network upon one-pot catalytic conversion of pulp

Johan Ahlkvist, Samikannu Ajaikumar, William Larsson, Johan Wärnå, Tapio Salmi, Jyri-Pekka Mikkola

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Nordic sulphite and sulphate (Kraft) cellulose originating from Nordic pulp mills were used as raw materials in the catalytic synthesis of green platform chemicals, levulinic and formic acids, respectively. The catalyst of choice used in this study was a macro-porous, cationic ion-exchange resin Amberlyst 70 for which the optimal reaction conditions leading to best yields were determined. For this system, maximum yields of 53 mol-% and 57 mol-% were obtained for formic and levulinic acid, respectively. The reaction network of the various chemical species involved was investigated and a simple mechanistic approach involving first order reaction kinetics was developed. The prototype model was able to describe the behaviour of the system in a satisfactory manner.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)649–654
JournalChemical Engineering Transactions
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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