Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-14-2015

Publication Title

Processes

Volume

3

Abstract

Valuable chemical by-products can increase the economic viability of renewable transportation fuel facilities while increasing the sustainability of the chemical and associated industries. A study was performed to demonstrate that commercial quality chemical products could be produced using the non-catalytic cracking of crop oils. Using this decomposition technique generates a significant concentration of C2−C10 fatty acids which can be isolated and purified as saleable co-products along with transportation fuels. A process scheme was developed and replicated in the laboratory to demonstrate this capability. Using this scheme, an acetic acid by-product was isolated and purified then reacted with ethylene derived from renewable ethanol to generate a sample of vinyl acetate monomer. This sample was assessed by a major chemical company and found to be of acceptable quality for commercial production of polyvinyl acetate and other products.

Issue

3

First Page

619

Last Page

633

DOI

10.3390/pr3030619

ISSN

2227-9717

Rights

First published in Processes.

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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
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