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StUDY OF THE NOVEL ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY SYNTHESIS OF GUAIACOL

Objective



Current guaiacol synthesis technology is not environmentally fricndly, involves high plant capital costs and results in the production of hydroquinone as a bi-product. Hydroquinone synthesis is now carried out in the USA which makes the co-production technology inappropriate. The study will aim to increase process safety: reduce process costs by up to 20 %: control the process to produce a single intermediate: reduce the capital costs of the plant by up to 50 %: and reduce waste and pollution to a minimum. The RTD goals to meet these aims are: eliminate the use of phenol (highly toxic); eliminate the use of methyl chloride with subsequent elimination of chloride waste; exploit some alternative chemistry based on cyclohexene, using novel catalysis improve on the current very low conversion rate. It is intended to do this by the studs of novel synthesis routes of guaiacol as the main product, in an environmentally way.

Funding Scheme

EAW - Exploratory awards

Coordinator

Synprotec Ltd.
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M11 4SX Manchester
United Kingdom