German firm claims new route to methanesulfonic acid | June 27, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 26 | Chemical & Engineering News
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Issue Date: June 27, 2016

German firm claims new route to methanesulfonic acid

Grillo’s direction reaction of methane and SO3 could open up market for unique acid
Department: Business
Keywords: inorganic chemicals, methanesulfonic acid, sulfuric acid, process chemistry

The German chemical company Grillo-Werke says it has mastered a reaction that has long eluded chemists: the direct combination of methane and sulfur trioxide to yield the strong acid methanesulfonic acid (MSA).

Following years of research, Grillo says, its scientists came up with a tailored reaction environment and specific activators that overcome methane’s limited reactivity. The reaction temperature is between 30 and 60 °C, and the pressure is moderate, the firm says. It plans to . . .

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