Butylation of phenylacetonitrile in an oscillatory baffled reactor

B. Wilson, D.C. Sherrington, X. Ni

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Abstract

In this paper, we report our investigation of a liquid-liquid phase-transfer catalysis (PTC) of the butylation of phenylacetonitrile in a novel oscillatory baffled reactor. We evaluated the reaction kinetics by looking at the order of the reaction and examined the effect of operating conditions as well as the PTC catalysts on the conversion. The results demonstrated that the conversion is highly dependent upon the operating conditions for all the different PTC catalysts used. Such a dependence provides an effective means of increasing the productivity of the butylation of phenylacetonitrile without involving the design and testing of new catalysts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8663-8670
Number of pages7
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume44
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2005

Keywords

  • PHASE-TRANSFER CATALYSIS
  • DROP SIZE DISTRIBUTION
  • LIQUID LIQUID DISPERSIONS
  • ION INITIATED REACTIONS
  • PLATE BUBBLE-COLUMN
  • SUSPENSION POLYMERIZATION
  • AGITATED VESSELS
  • FLUID DISPERSION
  • MECHANISM
  • SYSTEMS

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