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EPSRC Reference: GR/L58842/01
Title: NOVEL FRIEDL CRAFTS CATALYSTS USING CATION EXCHANGED ZEOLITES FOR THE CLEAN SYNTHESIS OF FINE CHEMICALS
Principal Investigator: Hutchings, Professor G
Other Investigators:
Derouane, Professor E Willock, Dr DJ Bethell, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Cambridge Reactor Design Ltd Chirotech Technology Limited Johnson Matthey
Unilever
Department: Chemistry
Organisation: University of Liverpool
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 1997 Ends: 30 September 2000 Value (£): 184,999
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
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This project will aim to develop new clean and selective, catalytic methods for Friedel Crafts type reactions for the fine chemicals industry. The catalysts to be investigated are solid Lewic acids in the form of ion exchanged zeolites containing such ions as Zn2+, Al3+, Ti4+. The shape selective properties of zeolites have already been demonstrated to alter the observed product ratios for the benzoylation of toluene. This work will be extended to acylation of other aromatics and alkenes, Acylating agents to be investigated range from acid chlorides and carboxylic anhydrides to ketenes. Reactor configurations for industrial exploitation of these processes will be investigated.Computer simulation methods will be employed to predict the best reactant/zeolite combination for the desired selectivity and to rationalise the observed kinetics.
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