Catalytic hydrogenation reactors for the fine chemicals industries. Their design and operation

K. Roel Westerterp , Eugeniusz Molga , K.B. Van Gelder


Design and operation of reactors for catalytic hydrogenation in the fine chemical industries are discussed. The requirements for a good multiproduct catalytic hydrogenation unit as well as the choice of the reactor type are considered. Packed bed bubble column reactors operated without hydrogen recycle are recommended as the best choice to obtain a flexible reactor with good selectivities. The results of an experimental study of the catalytic hydrogenation of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) in a miniplant installation are presented to prove that the maximum yield in such a reactor can be achieved without a hydrogen recycle and with a hydrogen supply somewhat higher than the stoichiometric amount. Some characteristic properties of the reactor system and the influence of the reactor pressure and the hydrogen supply ratio are elucidated. © 1997 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Author K. Roel Westerterp
K. Roel Westerterp,,
, Eugeniusz Molga (FCPE / DPKT)
Eugeniusz Molga,,
- Department of Process Kinetics and Thermodynamics
, K.B. Van Gelder - [DOW Benelux]
K.B. Van Gelder,,
Publication size in sheets0.5
Book Blaser H.U., Baiker A., Prins R. (eds.): Heterogeneous Catalysis and Fine Chemicals IV : proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Heterogeneous Catalysis and Fine Chemicals 8-12 September 1996, Basel, Switzerland, 1997, 675 p.
ASJC Classification2505 Materials Chemistry; 2508 Surfaces, Coatings and Films; 1606 Physical and Theoretical Chemistry; 3104 Condensed Matter Physics; 1503 Catalysis
Languageen angielski
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