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Production of Organic Acid Esters Using Reactive Distillation

IntroductionOrganic acid esters are widely used in industry as solvents, as intermediate chemicals, and in consumer products. Ester production and utilization constitutes a multibillion dollar market. Prior approaches to producing organic acid esters involve the traditional batch approach, which is labor intensive, can create waste (mineral acid catalyst)...
Published: 11/5/2015   |   Inventor(s): Navinchandra Asthana, Carl Lira, Dennis Miller, Aspi Kolah
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals, Materials

A Continuous Reactive Distillation Process for Citric Acid Esterification (see 04026)

IntroductionDepletion of fossil fuel resources, coupled with heightened awareness of environmental and health concerns, is providing impetus to search for alternative materials that are biocompatible, biodegradable, and based on renewable resources. Organic acids produced by fermentation of carbohydrate feedstocks constitute an important class of biorenewable...
Published: 11/5/2015   |   Inventor(s): Navinchandra Asthana, Dennis Miller, Aspi Kolah, Carl Lira, Dung Vu
Keywords(s):   Category(s): Chemicals, Food Science and Nutrition, Materials, Packaging

Improved Method for Producing Acetoxypropanoic Acid (APA)

IntroductionThe increasing awareness of biodegradability and sustainability by customers creates opportunities for the biorenewable chemical industry. Biorenewable chemicals are expected to have a 25 percent share in the chemical industry (excluding fine chemicals) by the end of 2030.Description of TechnologyMichigan State University’s invention...
Published: 8/9/2011   |   Inventor(s): Aspi Kolah, Lars Peereboom, Carl Lira, Dennis Miller, Mike Lilga, Karl Albrecht
Keywords(s): Acids, Acrylics, APA Formation, Reactive Distillation Category(s): Biotechnology, Energy

Process for Production of Higher Yield Low-Emission Biodiesel

IntroductionBiodiesel is rapidly gaining market momentum as the next major biofuel for energy sustainability. Factors such as the recent spike in oil prices, the increasing environmental awareness of U.S. consumers and recent tax incentives have all spurred interest and rapid growth in biodiesel technologies in the U.S. However, according to the U.S....